MADRID - Jose Mourinho was left concerned
after his Real Madrid side dropped points for a second
consecutive game in an uninspiring 0-0 La Liga draw at Racing
Santander on Wednesday.
However, the Portuguese added that he felt more positive
about the performance than Sunday's shock 1-0 defeat at Levante
and urged his players to get back to winning ways at home to
city neighbours Rayo Vallecano this weekend.
"We've dropped five points in two away games and that is
worrisome," the former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager told a
"But it's less worrying to draw a match in which you're the
only side that tries to play and win," he added.
"We've scored one goal in our last three games and we must
return to normality by scoring and winning on Saturday."
Real lacked the zip and zest that inspired them to a 6-0 win
at Real Zaragoza in their opening match of the campaign, as they
bid to end Barcelona's three-year grip on the Spanish title.
Former World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, who
sustained a gashed ankle in Champions League action last week,
looked well below his best and Mesut Ozil, often the creative
spark of the side, was largely anonymous.
"As a team we didn't do our best and some of our players
performed under par," Mourinho said.
"Our concentration was better tonight than it was on Sunday
and I have a different overall feeling about the game."
Ahead of Barcelona's later match at Valencia, Mourinho aded:
"Our main reference in terms of fighting for the title is
Barcelona and if they win tonight they'll only have a
three-point cushion over us, not a 30-point lead."
There was some comfort for Mourinho and his players as Barca
twice had to come from behind to rescue a point at early
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