Jose Mourinho attempted to
play down title talk after fans and local media were left
convinced his Real Madrid side would win La Liga after
stretching their lead to 10-points with a 4-2 victory over
Levante on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo rattled in his sixth hat-trick of the
season as Real stormed back to win at the Bernabeu in some
style, capitalising on second-placed Barcelona's surprise 3-2
defeat at Osasuna on Saturday.
Mourinho's side continued to set a relentless pace, reaching
58 points from 22 matches and Ronaldo's 27th goal of the
campaign pushed the team's tally to 75.
"There are still a lot of points in play, many games, and
each one is difficult to win," Mourinho, who has won league
titles in Portugal, England and Italy, said on Sunday.
"They will get harder to win because from now on teams are
fighting to avoid relegation and for the European places.
"While it isn't mathematically resolved we have to keep
winning. If I'm not wrong we need 39 points, 13 victories, to be
champions. Obviously 10 points gives us a margin of error, but
every game is tough.
"We will slip up, like we did against Levante in the first
part of the season, but we have room for manoeuvre."
Real have only dropped eight points in the season to date,
with defeats away to Levante and at home to Barca, and one draw
at Racing Santander, and are on course to smash league records
if they maintain their rhythm.
Mourinho's attempts to play down the euphoria fell on deaf
ears in the local media.
"Madrid are so close to the title that it is difficult to
see any other verdict in La Liga," sports daily Marca wrote on
El Mundo said: "Cristiano kills La Liga." El Pais wrote: "La
Liga is theirs [Real's] and no one else's. This isn't a
championship of two. Madrid know that, and of late Barca do as
Barca's faltering form, in particular on the road, their
injury problems and accumulated weariness makes it hard to see
them coming back to win a fourth consecutive league title.
They have already lifted three trophies this season, have
booked their place in the May's King's Cup final and will return
to Champions League action next week.
"There are still many points to play for but the sensation
is that Madrid aren't going to drop very many," said sports
daily As. "And Barca don't have the DNA of a pursuer."
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