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Carvajal confident Real Madrid can catch Barcelona

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal believes his side can catch league leaders Barcelona, despite a ten point gap.

Madrid have had a rather strange start to the La Liga season, having dropped points against the likes of Girona and Real Betis – however, they have picked up in recent weeks, going four consecutive wins before the international break.

Much was predicted for the Saturday evening clash with rivals and city neighbours Atletico, but the scoreline left Madrid fans unhappy and sitting a massive ten points behind main title contenders Barcelona.

Carvajal, who returned from illness to play against Diego Simeone’s side has discussed the result and their chances of bridging the gap between themselves and Ernesto Valverde’s men.

“I’m angry because we didn’t win and dropped two points,” the Spanish defender told reporters after the game.

“I felt good on the pitch, with strength and good physical tone. I really wanted to get back playing, and coming back from an injury is always something to be happy about.

“Ten points behind Barca? It’s a considerable distance, but the team have given everything and we’ve all given our maximum.

“If we all keep demanding the maximum from ourselves, we can close that gap. Few chances against Atleti? They’re very strong defensively.

“They had some chances, but so did we. The game died off towards the end due to tiredness and we couldn’t make it 1-0.

“Lucas’ kick on Ramos? I saw it from quite far out. Sergio got his head on the ball, but Lucas hit him on the nose.”

Barca, who are unbeaten in 12 league games, beat Leganes 3-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (2) and Paulinho, whilst second placed Valencia continued to keep the pace as they beat Espanyol 2-0 away from home.

Madrid will now prepare for the weekend clash with Malaga hoping to bounce back, after they meet APOEL in the Champions League in midweek where victory would see them through the knock-out stages of the competition.

Boss Zinedine Zidane will find himself without the injured Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic.

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