Real Madrid defender Marcelo admitted that they “failed” by committing too many errors in their 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final
Following Diego Costa’s sensational opener for the Europa League champions, goals from Karim Benzema and captain Sergio Ramos had put Real in front with a 2-1 lead at Estonia.
However, Costa found the back of the net again for Atletico eleven minutes from the final whistle to put the game into extra-time.
Saul Niguez and Koke then scored to hand Atletico a deserved win over their city rivals for the first time in a final.
“Football is like that. The winners are those who make fewer mistakes. Tonight, Tonight, we failed and we don’t want to make those errors again because it cost us a final,” said Marcelo on the club website.
“They made fewer mistakes and deserved to win it. These are mistakes resulting from fatigue, from not much training. Many players have been late back due to the World Cup, but that is no excuse.”
“We played well and we had the ball for almost the whole game. It is tough to start by conceding a goal at the start and after that we failed in two attempts that almost never fail.
“That cost us the tie. In extra time we tried our best, but we were battle worn and I think that slowed us down quite a bit.”
Real will face Getafe on Sunday for their first game of the new La Liga season.