Granada players react to 9-1 La Liga thrashing by Real Madrid

Granada CF Fans

Having been thoroughly humiliated at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, Granada players offered their thoughts.

Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his way to more records, including a personal best tally of five goals in one game, as Real Madrid completely tore apart Granada on Sunday, in La Liga's mid-day encounter.

Gareth Bale opening the scoring, Karim Benzema also netted a brace, plus an own-goal from the visiting captain Diego Mainz, completing the nine, while Granada could only offer one in reply from Robert Ibáñez.

Despite the humiliating mauling their team had suffered, and even having more than enough reasons to feel let down by their players, Granada supporters kept their heads held high after the final whistle.

When it comes to the players themselves, just how do you react to such a humiliating defeat? Giving their thoughts to Ideal in the mixed zone, this is how the Granada players responded:

Diego Mainz (Captain): "This game was a disaster on every level. We must apologise to the fans and all our people. Despite what's happened, we must try to turn the page quickly.

"To our fans I would say that we know the difficulty of our situation, but on Wednesday, we'll compensate for this defeat, because I'm sure we're going to beat Celta Vigo."

Piti: "First, we need to apologise to all the fans who travelled to watch us. We know there was a good chance of losing this game, but not by such a difference of goals, which nobody is happy with.

"We can't offer or look for any excuses. We must now forget this game, as if it didn't exist. All we must do now is think about the game against Celta, because we're playing for our lives."

Robert Ibanez: "We're all going home pissed off about this, but we've got to lift up our heads, because on Wednesday we have a very important game.

"We always knew it was going to be tough here, but we held on well in the first twenty minutes, we had chances and even hit the woodwork. After that, we fell apart."

Numerous Granada fans who had either travelled to the Spanish capital, or watched the game on TV, understandably vented their fury via social networks.

Former manager Fabri Gonzalez, who had lead the club to the Primera via back to back promotions, offered his thoughts via his Twitter account, insisting they must stay strong and keep backing the team.

His conclusion to the disastrous defeat was simple, pointing out : "Right now it's easy to vent fury. Without unity there's no team, without a team there's no desire, without desire there's no point. All my encouragement to Granada CF."

Such encouragement will be needed on Wednesday night at Nuevo Los Carmenes from fans, when Granada take on Celta Vigo this coming Wednesday night and with a crucial need for points.

Even with their embarrassing defeat at the Bernabeu, the teams around Granada who are fighting for relegation, also dropped points.

Just three away from the safety zone and with 27 left to play for, there is still hope, despite the typical suffering the team and fans must go through each season, to secure their permanence in La Liga.

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