Former Liverpool defender turned pundit Jamie Carragher has hit out at Real Madrid players for their egocentric approach towards football after going down 4-0 at home to Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday.
Madrid were humiliated and ‘broken into two’ in front of their own supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu in the blockbuster La Liga clash and Luis Enrique’s humble and hard working side made Los Blancos play like a Sunday League team and Carragher, who won the Champions League under Benitez at Anfield, doubted if the Spaniard picked the team.
He however, blamed Madrid’s lacklustre and ‘isolated’ front four made up of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez for the heavy defeat.
Carragher said Carragher on Sky Sports: “I can’t believe what I’m seeing, it’s like the team are broken in two.
“It’s like watching a Sunday League game. People just waiting up front – we’re talking about world stars just standing there waiting for a pass!’
“You think about one of the biggest nightmares you’d ever have as a player, playing against barcelona, in a midfield two, when your front four aren’t helping – what could be possibly worse?
“The difference between both clubs is the humility of Barcelona. They’ve got great players, better players than Real Madrid, who are willing to work for the team. Real Madrid haven’t.
“At a club like Real Madrid it will come down to whether he gets the players to buy into what he’s trying to do.
“That’s not a team Rafa would pick. Either the people above him have got involved, or maybe he’s bowed to media pressure, or the players.
“To not go in with a holding midfield player – he’d usually pick two!”