Real Madrid missed out on the chance to go top of the La Liga table with a 1 – 1 draw with cross town rivals Atletico Madrid in the clash staged at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday 4 October, leaving the Real manager Rafa Benitez fuming.
Benitez, speaking after the game, termed in a case of two points dropped rather than one point gained and admitted mistakes in the first half cost them a win in the derby.
His side survived with goalkeeper Keylor Navas saving a first half penalty taken by Frenchman Antoine Griezman and Benitez feels they should have scored a second in the opening half.
He rubbished claims that the more defensive system he adopted and more so in the first half, played to the Atletico advantage, instead urging noted that the hosts were a formidable side.
“We have dropped two points. We were ahead and we have made mistakes, with the penalty and the goal. We lacked precision on the break. We could have scored a second goal in the first half.”
“We must give credit to Atletico, who were intense. We did not finish off our counters. In the first half we played to win, we dominated and controlled the game knowing what we had to do. In the second half they put in more intensity, and we had eight counterattacks, but were not accurate with the last or penultimate pass,” he said.