Madrid can still win the title, says Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can still win the La Liga title despite losing for a second time in four days as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla.

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Published: Fri 28 Mar 2014, 1:59 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:41 PM

Two goals from Colombian striker Carlos Bacca was enough to hand Sevilla a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had put Madrid in front.

Real now trail city rivals Atletico Madrid by three points as they beat Granada 1-0 at home.

However, more significantly, Barcelona now have the title back in their own hands as they moved ahead of Real into second, a point behind Atletico, with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo and they host Atletico on the final day of the season.

“We need to concentrate on our own games, it is true we have lost two games in a row and that is not good at this point in the season,” said Ancelotti. “We need to believe that we can win it still. We are three points behind Atletico and two behind Barcelona, everything is still possible.”

Real captain for the night Marcelo, meanwhile, admitted Madrid had taken a huge psychological blow in the past week having gone 31 games without defeat before Sunday.

“We created some chances, but we couldn’t take them. That is football and all I can do is ask the fans for forgiveness and we will keep working,” he told Canal Plus.

“Now there are a number of games that are like finals. It is obvious that the players have suffered a bit physiologically, but we can’t give up on working to put Madrid where it deserves to be.

“It is difficult to do what we had been doing, continuing to win so many games in a row. We have lost two games that were key, but not the most important because we have many more difficult games coming up.”

Neymar opened the scoring early on for Barca before Lionel Messi registered his eighth goal in four games to make it 2-0 before the break. Celta came into the game in the second-half and substitute goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto had to make a fine double save before Neymar rounded off the scoring with his second of the night.

It was a quieter evening at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico continued to demonstrate their title credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Granada.

In a game short on clear-cut chances, it was once again Diego Costa who made the difference for Diego Simeone’s men as he headed home Jose Sosa’s corner 27 minutes from time to register his 32nd goal of the season.

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