After their El Clasico nightmare, it was not just mental scars and selfishness for Real Madrid.
Raphael Varane exposed his pain after collapsing at home against Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.
The 25-year-old had a night to forget after putting his own net behind, while Real was booed after a 3-0 defeat.
The anxiety was clear for everyone – and was a level of disfigurement for the back center.
He began to instagram to show his combat wounds, but after a miserable night at the Bernabeu, sympathy would have been rare.
Luis Suarez's superb performance in the second half helped Barcelona to distinguish its deadly rivals.
It could have been very different if the hosts had not enjoyed a fantastic number of opportunities in the first half.
Coach Santiago Solari said his players have not let themselves down – but some fans are demanding changes, with the club nine points behind the La Liga.
"Football also explains your clinical condition and, although we are engaged and we play with energy, we have not tried our luck," Solari said.
"We have fallen with honor, but it is difficult to talk about equity or injustice in football.
"They scored with their first shot, their second goal was on their own, and we could not score with our attempts.There is nothing else to add," said L & # 39; ;Argentina.
"We gave everything and played with heart and creativity, but we go home sad because we do not go to the final."
The pressure will intensify if Real falls at Barca this weekend, a day where they could slip 12 points.
"We hope some of the shots we missed today will go on Saturday," Solari said.
"In football, we must immediately get back on our feet, because the next match will also cause us problems."
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