On the eve of their La Liga match with Racing Santander Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho warned his side could not afford any more slip ups if they are to challenge for the title.
After a flying start to their campaign Real suffered a shock defeat away to Levante at the weekend leaving them down in fifth on 6 points three adrift of early pacesetters Valencia and Real Betis.
‘‘These points are the ones that count at the end of the season and if you lose three more points, that’s six in two matches and that’s obviously too much,’‘ said Mourinho.
‘‘That’s why we cannot we lose tomorrow, even if we play well that would count for nothing. If you lose points tomorrow, even though there’s still a lot of time left, it’s very worrying.”
Barcelona are also in Wednesday night action but face a sterner test than their Madrid counterparts.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who have also dropped points this term after a two all draw with Real Sociedad ten days ago, travel to leaders Valencia. But the Catalan’s should be buoyed by their 8 nil hammering of Osasuna at the weekend and will enter the game with confidence restored.
The champions are currently third two points off the pace.