Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sounded a properly-defiant tone despite his club’s status four points behind Barcelona after a 2-1 loss in Sunday’s El Clasico.
Ancelotti pointed out that two very good teams played entertaining soccer before Luis Suarez’s 56th minute goal got his club scrambling at the Camp Nou.
[ MATCH RECAP: Barca 2-1 Real Madrid ]
Madrid has to make up four points in 10 matches, and neither they nor Barca have a particularly troubling schedule the rest of the way (outside of the UEFA Champions League). Still, Ancelotti thinks Real can come back to claim La Liga’s title.
“The league isn’t over. Barcelona have the advantage but anything can happen in football. We won’t prioritise the Champions League.”
“We were the better team for an hour but Barca’s counter-attacks in the final half an hour were devastating. We’re two great teams, and they’ve won on the night.
“I think the problem was more mental than physical. We didn’t play in the same way that we did at the start of the game.”
With 30 shot attempts between the teams and 11 yellow cards, the match had plenty of scrap to go with its offensive firepower. Barcelona has a match with Atletico Madrid as well as Sevilla remaining, and a Barcelona derby with Espanyol. Can you see them dropping four more points than Real in the remaining 10