Emilio Butragueno described the Real Madrid fans as ‘demanding’ after the Madrid derby defeat saw calls for Florentino Perez to resign.
Antoine Griezmann scored the game’s only goal and the President was targeted by sections of the Santiago Bernabeu support, unhappy as Los Blancos lost ground on the top two.
“The people who come to the Bernabeu are faithful and loyal, but also demanding,” Butragueno, Madrid’s head of institutional relations, said, AS reports.
“They’re upset when the team doesn’t win. I’m sorry for them and respect all their reactions and comments.
“The game was a shame. We knew it’d be close. We faced a team that defends very well and we knew there wouldn’t be many chances.
“It was a very balanced game and the difference was in the details, and one of those was the goal. But we also had our chances, but if you’re not precise, what happened can happen.”
Butragueno was asked which Coach won the tactical battle, Zinedine Zidane or Diego Simeone?
“It was even. They were comfortable with 0-0. It’s difficult to play against Atletico, you have to have patience, keep a clean sheet and wait for your chance. They’re a great team,” he replied.