Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said his side can catch Barcelona, despite sitting ten points behind the league leaders.
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 Barca.
Despite the draw against Diego Simeone’s side, Zidane has discussed the result and their chances of bridging the gap between themselves and Ernesto Valverde’s men.
“Message to the fans that think the League is lost? Things change quickly in football and we’re going to be there fighting,” he told reporters following Saturday’s game.
“Why can’t we make up 10 points? We have to put that in our heads. That’s the way to go.
“Either way, whatever happens, we were 10 points behind [Barca] when I got here and we finished one behind them.
“We’ll keep going and thinking that in football, anything can happen. My spirits? While it’s true that things are complicated and we didn’t do what we had to do, the other teams are going to drop points too.”
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.