Emilio Butragueno: ‘Real Madrid must not panic’

Real Madrid's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has called on his club to ‘remain calm’ after their Champions League elimination.

Los Blancos fell to a shock 4-1 defeat at home to Ajax in the Round of 16 in Europe’s premier club competition – the tournament in which they have won four of the last five crowns.

“It is a sad night for the club but we must remain calm,” Butragueno told Spanish TV channel Movistar after the game.

“It was not something that we expected at all but we must send our congratulations to Ajax, who played a fantastic game and deserved their victory.

“But we feel very sorry for our fans and for our players, because everything went against us and we tried our best but we did not have any luck.

“They scored from each of their first two attacks, then we hit the post twice – this is not normal – and then their third goal killed the tie.

“We got one goal back but we cannot win all the time, we know sport is like this and tonight was not our night.”

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