Carlo Ancelotti discusses title race after Real Madrid defeat

Carlo Ancelotti has described Real Madrid’s defeat to Mallorca as ‘ very painful’ after being asked about the club’s La Liga title hopes.

Los Blancos missed the opportunity to cut the gap at the top of La Liga to just two points on Sunday afternoon, shockingly losing 1-0 to Mallorca at the Estadi Mallorca Son Moix – with Marco Asensio missing a penalty in the defeat.

Real Madrid are a substantial five points behind Barcelona, with their arch rivals having also played one game less as things stand.

When asked about the result and his side’s hopes of retaining the league title after the defeat, Ancelotti said: “Farewell to La Liga? It’s a very painful defeat. We prepared for this match, and it’s a very difficult match. Overall we didn’t play a bad game. The goal we conceded and the penalty kick affected us a lot.

“It was the game we expected, a very tough and difficult one. We haven’t had the luck to handle it. We were stopped many times, and had many faults and falls. We’ve had opportunities and we haven’t taken advantage of them. It was difficult to play between the lines, we tried and it didn’t go well.”

Barcelona can extend their lead atop the league table to eight points with a win over Sevilla at Camp Nou on Sunday evening.

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