Messi must be more involved for Barcelona in second Clasico - Valverde

Messi must be more involved for Barcelona in second Clasico - Valverde

However, the big defender and his teammates at Real Madrid will quickly put the defeat behind, with Saturday's La Liga clash against Barca offering the Galaticos another chance to return to winning ways.

"We have to score when he creates the chances, but we can't blame a single player for the loss", midfielder Casemiro said.

Things could have been different on Wednesday if young forward Vinicius Junior, seen as the team's next star in Ronaldo's absence, hadn't missed many clear chances in a first half in which Madrid dominated and deserved at least a goal.

Real Madrid wonderkid Vinicius Jr has sought to clarify himself ahead of the Clasico after he was quoted as saying nobody is scared of FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

Suarez scored twice in the second half and was claiming a hat-trick, having been challenging Raphael Varane at the moment he turned the ball into his own net. He said: 'Everyone knows what Bale can do and they know what he has given to the club'.

Atletico Madrid are closer, seven points back, and they still have to play Barca in April, albeit at the Camp Nou, where they have not won in 18 visits.

"Work, organisation, mobility. We had everything and we can add to that what we were lacking - the goals".

A repeat this weekend in La Liga would leave Santiago Solari's side 12 points adrift of Barcelona, who would effectively have an extra point's advantage given their superior head-to-head record. But they took the ones they had. Football is about goals, being ruthless, and taking your chances, and they did that.

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It is in defence where doubts remain.

Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid's title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.

Midfield has been bypassed too easily all season while neither Nelson Semedo nor Sergi Roberto have really convinced at right back.

"Vinicius will keep improving as he plays more of these types of games", Solari said.

Vazquez was reacting to Real's Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona.

This year's other finalist will be decided on Thursday, when Valencia hosts Real Betis after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Seville.

"All are important, not only those who start the matches".

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