herald

Thursday 14 December 2017

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points yesterday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still expects the title to be decided on the final day of the campaign.

Real Madrid may have extended their lead over second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga to four points yesterday but coach Carlo Ancelotti still expects the title to be decided on the final day of the campaign.

Real took full advantage of Barca's 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga on Saturday and their 2-0 success at Elche lifted them to 60 points with 14 games left, with Barca on 56, three ahead of third-placed champions Atletico Madrid.

"It was a key game because of what happened (on Saturday) and so we could put some distance between ourselves and Barca," the Italian said.

"With this attitude we will win a lot of games. We have an advantage but this league will be decided on the final day."

Barcelona's 11-match winning streak came to an end when Malaga pounced on a bad mistake by defender Dani Alves.

"In football we know anything can happen. You are on a good run and then suddenly you lose," defender Gerard Pique (inset) said. "We are playing well and just because we have lost one game doesn't mean that everything is now bad."

Promoted articles

Entertainment News