Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno believes his club were unlucky to fall to a 1-0 loss to Granada on Saturday.
A Cristiano Ronaldo own goal midway through the first half consigned the Spanish champions to their fifth La Liga defeat of the season.
But the iconic striker feels Real Madrid suffered from Granada’s negative approach.
“Granada defended very well and we struggled,” Butragueno told their official website.
“We were not inspired. True, we had few chances, fewer than usual, but we did not have any luck.
“Their defensive structure blocked us, but you always have the hope that the individual quality appears.
“Karim Benzema had a chance to score. We tried to show up, but we could not today.”
Ronaldo has reportedly been playing with an ankle injury, but the 49-year-old is certain the Portuguese attacker put in his usual standard of performance.
“He played with the same intensity as always and wanted to win,” Butragueno said.
Barcelona could move 18 points clear of Real Madrid with victory over Valencia on Sunday.