Real Madrid manager Rafa Benítez valued his player’s hard work in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the Mestalla against Garry Neville’s Valencia but was ashamed that his lads could not take home the maximum points.
10-man Real Madrid come away from Mestalla with draw thanks to goals from Benzema and a Bale header, with Kovacic seeing red for the Whites in the 67th minute.
The manager in a press conference after the encounter said:
“We’ve had a big game. We controlled the match in the first 35 minutes of the first half and it’s a shame that it ended how it did. After the break we’ve had to put in more effort due to being down to 10 men and the only regret is that we conceded straight after scoring.
“It was a really good performance in the first half and a lot of positives after we went down to 10 men. In the end we could have won but we could have lost too. There must be a special mention for the effort and hard work of the team. We saw a good team that with 10 men stood up and was counted, and we could have gone on to win the game.
“When you’re playing with 10 men and you manage to get in front you must try to be together, compact and switched on. Unfortunately we’ve conceded too soon and there was nothing we could do. Maybe we were lacking a bit of concentration after we went 2-1 up or maybe the opposition reacted very well.” Benitez told the Galacticos’ official website.