The Los Blancos skipper reflected on his side’s humiliating pre-season defeat at the hands of their city rivals.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said the La Liga giants cannot lose like they did against Atletico Madrid, who incredibly won 7-3 on Friday.
Real endured a humiliating loss to bitter rivals Atletico at the International Champions Cup in New Jersey, where Diego Costa scored four goals in a merciless pre-season performance.
Atletico led 4-0 after 28 minutes and 5-0 at half-time as Los Blancos were put to the sword, while Zinedine Zidane’s side managed to pull three goals back via Nacho Fernandez, Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez.
While it was a pre-season fixture, it was a devastating result for Real – who had Dani Carvajal sent off following a clash with Costa – and star defender Ramos lamented the team’s performance at MetLife Stadium.
“We’re obviously not feeling great right now,” Ramos told reporters. “This has only just begun, they’re preparation games to get us up to the top level. There are many ways in which to lose, but we can’t be doing it like we did today.
“We played the game like a friendly, it’s a big margin and we head away frustrated. It’s a very poor result and we have to try and reach the levels we aspire to.”
“This team’s ambition remains intact. We’ve won an awful lot but that’s in the past now,” he continued. “We have to forget about what happened last season, this is a pre-season campaign and it’s far too soon to draw conclusions and be assessing things. We have to keep training as we are every day and we’ll gradually reach our best to take on the challenges of the new season.”
Real Madrid 3-7 Atletico Madrid
“That’s the difference in football,” Ramos said. “We played a friendly match and they went at it as if it were a final. We have to bring that intensity to every game. They got the better of us in terms of intensity, second balls, pressing, and they were sharp in front of goal today too.
“Ultimately, they are still our direct city rivals and madridismo will be frustrated like we are because you can’t go home happy after a loss. We’re getting in shape to try and reach our best and we’ll draw conclusions once La Liga has started and we’ve started to play competitive games.”
Ramos, whose Madrid finished third in La Liga last season, added: “I have absolute confidence and after so many years here, if I thought this team weren’t capable of winning things, I’d be the first to go. I have immense confidence in this team and in madridismo.”