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Drenthe reveals Real Madrid night out after 6-2 Barça defeat

Royston Drenthe has explained to Perform that several Real Madrid players had a nighttime session "because we needed to clear our heads".

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Drenthe reveals Real Madrid night out after 6-2 Barça defeat
JESUS AGUILERA DIARIO AS

Ex-winger Royston Drenthe has recalled going out for a night on the tiles with Real Madrid team-mates to get over a heavy defeat to Barcelona in May 2009.

Drenthe: "We needed to clear our heads"

In one of their most infamous losses ever, Real were thrashed 6-2 at home by a Barça side who went on to seal the treble in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge.

And Drenthe - who had an unsuccessful spell at Los Merengues having joined the club in 2007 as one of Europe's most promising young stars - told Perform: "We went out partying because we needed to clear our heads.

Leo Messi (second left) scores past Iker Casillas as Barcelona thump Real Madrid 6-2.

"You can go out, but not if you lose"

"In Madrid, going out is a taboo. You can go out, but not if you lose. The people can't see you out at night after a defeat. But we had a group of young players.

"I won't name any names, but I received a call from a team-mate, saying: 'Roy, let's go'," continued the 29-year-old, who retired earlier this month.

Evening out kept from his wife

Not even his own wife was aware of the night out: "She couldn't know about it, because she knew it was a bad idea to go out after a defeat like that, so I slipped out.

"So that she couldn't hear my car," Drenthe explained, "I coasted down the hill and when I was far [enough] away I turned my car on."