As expected we got all of the knee-jerk reactions from the press after what was a terrible result for a pretty much full strength Real Madrid side at the weekend.
There is no escaping how bad Real Madrid were. And worst of all, the players looked as if they had given up in the second half – that’s inexcusable.
We do wonder whether poor Rafa Benitez has gone beyond the point of no return already in his tenure. He’s not a popular figure right now but must have known that a few bad results would leave him in this position.
The only thing that Madrid can do is put this one behind them with a convincing win in their next match – a tough one away at Shaktar on Wednesday evening.
And every man will be desperate to play and put on a decent show – most notably a forward line which was anonymous against Barcelona.
Real Madrid don’t have many injuries to worry about and, with that in mind, here is what we believe to be the right XI to start to wipe away El Clasico memories and cement their position at the top of the Champions League group.