Benzema demands Real Madrid bounce back

The France international striker says that all of his side's league games from here on in are "finals" as they look to get their Primera Division title challenge back on track
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema believes that the club cannot afford any more slips-up in their Primera Division title chase after Sunday's defeat in the Clasico.

The Frenchman scored two first-half goals as Carlo Ancelotti's side were beaten 4-3 by Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu - a result that sees local rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the Spanish top flight by virtue of their head-to-head record against Los Blancos.

And, with just one point separating Real, Atleti and Barca, Benzema stresses the importance of a return to winning ways, beginning at Sevilla on Wednesday.

"It was a night with a lot of key moments and now we'll try and beat Sevilla," he told reporters.

"At this point in the season the matches are all finals and we know that Atletico take on Barcelona on the final day, so we have to think about ourselves in order to win."

Madrid were 3-2 up when they saw Sergio Ramos dismissed for a challenge on Neymar, with Lionel Messi converting two subsequent penalties to complete his hat-trick and secure all three points for Barca.

Full-back Marcelo, meanwhile, believes that it is important for his side identify their mistakes ahead of forthcoming fixtures.

"We are going to try and get a victory away to Sevilla," he remarked. "We have to see what our errors were so that we don't repeat them.

"It's another game, another final and we have to win no matter what."