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Nacho: “We had a bad week, it’s time to reflect on it and keep working”

The defender talked to Movistar+ after Madrid’s loss to Espanyol.

RCD Espanyol v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez talked to Movistar+ right after the team’s disappointing 2-1 loss against Espanyol, which was the last of a series of bad games for Los Blancos with also a previous loss against Sheriff Tiraspol and a draw against Villarreal.

“It’s been a bad week, now it’s the international break and we have to reflect on it and work on what we’re doing wrong. We’re just starting out and we’re up near the top. It’s early in the season and we need to get guys back to give it the best we can,” said Nacho.

The defender acknowledged that most of the work will have to be done on defense in order for Madrid to improve their stability.

“We were never comfortable. We conceded in the 18th minute and that made it difficult. We have to keep working to improve defensively, that’s the most important thing at the moment. It’s easier if we don’t concede,” he added.

The defender also admitted that his play on Espanyol’s second goal could’ve been better in order to prevent the home team from getting the win.

“We had more chances in the first half. They put us under pressure on the counter-attacks and in the second half when we were at our best, a bad pass in build up by me resulted in the second goal and that made the game very difficult,” he explained.

Nacho concluded his interview by saying that the injuries are not helping the squad.

“The team has injuries. That’s not an excuse. This squad is good enough to do a better job than we have done in these last three games. When you concede goals, everything is much more difficult. There are no easy games in the Primera División. Espanyol were well organised and things didn’t come off for us today. It’s been a bad week, now it’s the international break and we have to reflect and work on what we’re doing wrong. We’re just starting out and we’re up near the top. It’s early in the season and we need to get guys back to give it the best we can,” concluded the Spanish defender.