Crushed Benitez calls for Real unity

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has called for a united front after his side were consummately dispatched 4-0 by Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.

Los Blancos got off to a bad start when Luis Suarez opened the scoring after just 11 minutes in El Clasico and they were two goals down at the interval as Neymar doubled the Catalans' advantage on 39 minutes.

Andres Iniesta put Barca firmly in the driving seat with a third eight minutes into the second half and Suarez completed the rout and his brace on 74 minutes, although the scoreline could have been much greater.

Real have now suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since January this year, which allowed their arch-rivals to open up a six-point gap at the La Liga summit, and Benitez admitted it hurt to lose in the manner they did, but urged his players to move on quickly from this disappointment.

"Whenever you lose, we all have part of the blame," the Spaniard said in his post-match press conference. "It hurts us a lot, to lose like this against Barcelona.

"But we must be united, work, improve things we must improve, and go into the next game to get the three points we need to fight for La Liga.

"We need to recover our team quickly, their spirits, for the next game. There is a long way to go, we must get back to playing as well as we were when we were unbeaten."

He added: "We made mistakes, we paid dearly for them against a good team, with quality. We coughed up some balls, and a good team like them can do you damage.

"We will analyse this, but most important is to get the group back together and focused on moving forward and getting three points in the next game."

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