Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insists his team’s bid to secure the league title isn’t over despite the loss to Barcelona on Sunday night.
Los Cules moved four points clear of Los Blancos with 10 games remaining and are now clear favourites to win La Liga.
Jeremy Matieu gave the hosts the lead before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for the Champions League holders. Summer signing Luis Suarez showed why Barca were so keen to bring him in from Liverpool when he drilled in the hosts’ second 10 minutes after the break.
Speaking after the game, Ancelotti said he felt Real played the better of the two teams in the first hour and deserved more from the game. He added that despite the loss, the team will fight until the end of the campaign for both the league and Champions League titles.
“Two really high-level teams came up against each other. For the first hour we were the better side and we played well. We did well until the second goal. Then it turned much more complicated. We’ll take a first half of the match away with us in which we did very well; we showed good control of the play, and were efficient up front and solid at the back,” he stated.
And he told reporters: “In the end we suffered a slight lack of cool heads in our efforts to equalise. We played too many long balls without a clear idea. It was a good hour, and 30 minutes that weren’t so good. We have to continue with this idea because the team has improved a lot. It’s difficult to say whether the best team won.
“The league isn’t over. Barcelona have a lead, as we did before. Anything can happen in football. It’s more difficult, but we’re not going to prioritise the Champions League. The priority is La Liga and the Champions League.”