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Alonso: El Clásico will be very important, but not decisive

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Xabi Alonso was satisfied with the three points secured at Málaga, even though it was by a slim margin, as his team extended their lead at the top of La Liga.

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Following the narrow 0-1 win at Málaga, Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso was content with another three points secured, which preserves their La Liga position, whilst also pointing out that even though their next league game is El Clásico against Barcelona, it won’t be one that decides where the title is headed.

“We’re four points ahead and we didn’t want the gap to be closed. We’ll have to wait to see what happens in tomorrow’s games. El Clásico will be very important, but not decisive.”

It wasn’t the easiest of games for Real Madrid, whilst Alonso also accepted that his team hadn’t produced one of their most fluid performances, either.

“We’ve had to suffer. They pressed us in the second half, so it was difficult for us to get forward well. We haven’t passed well between midfield and attack. We couldn’t link up our play very well.”

Alonso also acknowledged that his team found it difficult against a very stubborn Málaga side, but noted that his team still took the points.

“They worked hard and we couldn’t kill the game. This is three important points, with a game less to play.”

As for his own performance, having not been as influential as normal, Alonso simply suggested that it wasn’t the best of games for the team as a whole.

“When the team hasn’t played well, everyone suffers. We can’t pick out individuals.”


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