Ancelotti, Ramos confident Real Madrid can catch Barcelona

Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo look dejected after Real Madrid conceded the lead for the second time.

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Real Madrid believe they have time to beat Barcelona to the Primera Division title despite falling to their El Clasico rivals on Sunday to drop four points off the pace.

Victory at Camp Nou would have seen Real leapfrog Barca at the top of the standings but instead the Madrid outfit lost 2-1 after failing to capitalise on numerous goalscoring opportunities.

"We saw a Madrid side that gave everything," Real defender Sergio Ramos told his club’s official website. "We had more chances than them in the first half and we lacked that little bit of luck in front of goal that would have killed off the match.

"It is clear that these games are like that and we knew what a great side we were up against."

Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu’s opener before Luis Suarez struck the winner to condemn Carlo Ancelotti’s side to their sixth loss of the campaign.

"In the first half we performed at a very high level, although in the second half they had a little bit more control," Ramos said. "We are sorry that we didn’t finish off the chances.

"Four points is nothing and we are going to keep fighting for La Liga."

With 10 games left to play, Ancelotti remains confident.


"Barcelona have a four-point lead, but we’ll offer no let-up," the Italian manager said. "The league isn’t over.

"Barcelona have a lead, as we did before. Anything can happen in football."

Both teams are also in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Real set to face city rivals and reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

"It’s more difficult, but we’re not going to prioritise the Champions League," Ancelotti said. "The priority is La Liga and the Champions League."

Ancelotti believes his players can build on their performance against Barca.

"We can take it from there and take confidence for the coming games in La Liga and the Champions League," he said. "I’m not happy with the result.

"We have to get the team playing for the whole match as it did in the first hour".

Real are next in action when they host Granada on April 5 after the international break.