Since Barcelona closed the gap at the top of la liga to eight points, the media have started talking about pressure and the possibility of Barcelona catching Madrid.
Lass, who played his first game for Madrid since February 5th on sunday was glad to be back in the team but disappointed with the result, if not his own contribution. He rallied Madrid supporters today stating that, “there is no fire at home,” meaning it was not that serious.
Jose Mourinho was calm at training, showing no anger or reproach to his players. He is insisting on confidence and focus. “There is hunger and mental strength. Enough not to worry.” He also put the onus on his rivals, saying ” Barca will have a problem being eight points adrift with only eleven games to play. It is they who should be nervous.”
There are a few worrying precedents. In the last sixteen league championships, Real Madrid have dropped at least eight points from this stage on thirteen occassions. They dropped exactly eight points from eleven games last season under Mourinho. But, this season they are a stronger and better team. Also, on many of the past seasons when they dropped alot of points they still won the league and were coasting to the end.
Even if Real were to drop eight points, Barcelona would still have to win every game between now and the end of the season. They also face a tougher draw in the champion`s league.
The next step for Mourinho`s men…beat Villareal tomorrow.