Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says his team showed great character in their draw with Valencia on Sunday.
Los Blancos lead twice, through Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. But the hosts it back on two occasions thanks to goals from Dani Parejo and Paco Alcacer.
Real also had to play last 25 minutes with 10 men after Mateo Kovacic was given his marching orders.
Speaking to TV reporters afterwards, he stated: “It’s clearly been a game with a lot of intensity. The team came out for the three points, but due to the circumstances of the game we didn’t get them. We went forward and they equalised at the end, with just a few minutes left. The loss of a player made us work much more, maybe because we knew we were close to victory.
“We came out with great intensity, but they were able to take advantage in the last minute. When you have one player fewer, the physical exertion doubles, there’s more space and the team suffers more. The team has showed the character that people ask of us, that they demand from this crest.”
Having dropped two more points in the title race, Ramos was asked about the future of Rafa Benitez, who will be under more scrutiny now than ever before. But the captain backed his manager, saying: “Benitez deserved credit. He is the coach and he will always have the confidence of the players.”