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Marcelo: Real Madrid defeat to Mallorca ‘hurts’

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Marcelo admitted that Real Madrid’s defeat to RCD Mallorca “hurts” after surrendering top spot in La Liga to rivals Barcelona.

Marcelo, who recovered just in time for the Mallorca game from a small strain, had a rare disappointing outing. He simply couldn’t provide his usual offensive spark as Real Madrid crashed to a 1-0 La Liga defeat.

Therefore, Barcelona leapfrogged Zinedine Zidane’s side into top spot in the league standings following their 3-0 win at SD Eibar.

Perhaps, though, the most worrying aspect of the match was the way Real barely troubled Mallorca goalkeeper Manolo Reina after going a goal down just seven minutes into the match.

The closest Los Blancos came to an equaliser was when Karim Benzema hit the bar. While substitute Rodrygo Goes squandered, arguably, a brilliant chance to put the visitors level.

“We lost but we must keep going,” said Marcelo on the club’s website.

“It hurts to lose because we played well, but we conceded early on and then looked to make our comeback but it was not possible.

“We did not have time to think, they scored a goal and they defended and waited for the counter, that’s no excuse though.

“We need to play well until the final whistle. We’ve won some games while lacking something. We’re trying to do everything possible to win but La Liga is tough these days.”

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois added. “The coach warned us they would come out with grit and real intensity. In the first five or 10 minutes, we were caught short.

“We had chances but lacked that final touch. The goal scorer is right-footed and he sent it in at the far post. It is a shame, we should have won here.”

Zidane, meanwhile, accepted there were no excuses for Real’s defeat to Mallorca on Saturday night.

The Spanish giants will return to action on Tuesday away to Turkish giants Galatasaray in the Champions League.

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