We are the guilty ones - Marcelo says Madrid players must accept responsibility

Real Madrid's season ended with a home loss to Real Betis and left-back Marcelo admits his team-mates have nobody to blame but themselves.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo   -  Getty Images

Long-serving defender Marcelo concedes he and his team-mates must shoulder the blame for Real Madrid's "tough" campaign.

Madrid concluded its 2018-19 season with a 2-0 loss at home to Real Betis on Sunday, leaving it with a final points tally of 68 in La Liga - its lowest return since 2001-02.

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The Spanish giant also exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage with defeat to Ajax and was beaten by bitter rivals Barcelona in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

And Marcelo, who lost his place in the side to Sergio Reguilon prior to Zidane's reappointment, admits the entire squad should accept responsibility for what has happened over the past nine months.

"We are the guilty ones," he said after the match. "We started the season badly and we've ended the season badly. It has been a tough year, even tougher on a personal level.

"The next season will soon start and we can't make the same mistakes."

Defeat to Betis was Madrid's third in four matches to see out the campaign, and its first on home soil in Zidane's second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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