Real fall 16 points behind Barca after draw with Celta

Sheri Evans
January 8, 2018

Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno denies the LaLiga title is lost after their disappointing draw at Celta Vigo.

Celta drew 1-1 at home to Barca in the Cup and took a 2-2 draw from the Camp Nou earlier this campaign and pacey strikers Iago Aspas and Pione Sisto, as well as the powerful Maxi Gomez will be a handful for a Madrid defense missing the suspended Dani Carvajal and the injured Sergio Ramos.

"It's hard because the more matches you draw or lose, the more the pressure increases".

"We're sad and we're f****** sunk", Marcelo said after the match.

"It is one of the worst situations I've experienced here", added the 29-year-old who has been with the club for over a decade.

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The last time Real were 16 points behind the Liga leaders was during Jose Mourinho's tension-filled final campaign in 2012-13, when they finished 15 points adrift of Barca.

"We made a lot of errors, we gave the ball away a lot, something we don't normally do and we did it at important moments in the game, when we could have caused them more damage", Real coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters.

"The main thing we lacked today was we didn't play the second half", said the Frenchman, who last season guided Real to their first Liga and European Cup double since 1958.

"He has shown everything he can do for us in three or four minutes".

"We were very good in the first half but the pace changed in the second half and Levante could have scored". If that changes by June or if we sit down and talk about it, we may sign players in certain positions. If we keep losing points we're not going to get there.

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