Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can win their remaining four La Liga fixtures to keep the pressure on Barcelona until the final day of the campaign.
Despite not being at their best, Real ran out 3-0 winners over Almeria on Wednesday night to cut the gap on the leaders once more to just two points. And the Italian boss admits that he doesn’t think Luis Enrique’s side will drop any more points this season, but if they do, his team will be on hand to take over at the top of the league.
“We’re not convinced that Barcelona are going to drop points; we are convinced that we can win the four games that we have left. I don’t have any personal ambitions, because my trophy cabinet is already full. Only for Real Madrid, the fans, the club and my players,” he said at his press conference.
He added that it wasn’t the best performance from his team, but they all did what they had to do.
“All the players did what they had to do. Those who don’t tend to play always can find it more difficult. I’m happy with the work everyone did, including those who maybe didn’t have a great match, but put in a lot of effort. I’m not unfair. I make decisions, it’s my job. I know that those who don’t play aren’t happy, but it isn’t unfair.”
The Italian was also asked about Cristiano Ronaldo, who has now scored just one in his last five games and showed signs of frustration against Almeria, aware that he is in a fight with Leo Messi for the Pichichi award.
“Cristiano is in very good shape, he recovers very well after games and he’s fresh. He isn’t suffering from tiredness. He didn’t score today, but he worked hard. If he didn’t score today, he can score on Saturday. My personal opinion is that if Cristiano doesn’t score a goal from here on in, I’ll still be happy. He has scored 50 and I’ve never had a player who scored 50 a season,” Ancelotti commented.