Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged his side to fight until the end for the La Liga title despite rivals Barcelona leading them on the table with 13 points.
The Catalans have shot themselves clear at the top of the table and already have one hand on the title with ten games left.
Los Blancos have dropped unnecessary points in the title race, including their last game against Villarreal.
However, Ancelotti expects his side to keep pushing until the end. He said the jersey demands that never say die attitude.
Speaking ahead of the clash with Cadiz this weekend, Ancelotti said (via Real Madrid’s website): “We’re in pretty good shape. It’s a difficult game because Cadiz are playing really well. They are in good form.
“They are an intense side, and it comes in the middle of the Champions League quarter-final tie. We’re eager to put in a good performance.”
“My players are motivated to prepare the right strategy for the game. We’re in a competition we must respect.
“We’re trailing, but we want to do the best we can. There are nine games to go. If we can’t finish top, we’ll fight to the end to at least secure second. The players know that, and this jersey demands that attitude.”
Despite the dropped points in La Liga, Real Madrid kept hopes of a 15th Champions League title alive with a win over Chelsea earlier this week.
The Blues were no match for a rampant Madrid side and were lucky to concede only two.
Although, it came at a cost. Vinicius Jr and Toni Kroos picked up slight strains, but scans showed no injuries. They need rest.
Ancelotti also said he would manage Karim Benzema’s minutes.
The Italian manager said this could open a chance for Eden Hazard to play. The Belgian attacker barely gets game time, but the rotations will present an opportunity.