Raul Albiol admitted that Real Madrid had to find another gear to dispatch of Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.
Jose Mourinho’s men ran out 2-1 winners on the night thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo double, but as Albiol reflected, it wasn’t so simple.
“We had to flip the switch after such a tough week. It was not an easy game because they are playing for their lives,” commented the defender of Week 27’s opponents.
“We had trouble getting going at the beginning, but we got better and we created enough chances to deserve the win.
“We have had some difficulties away from home this season, and though it was hard, we managed the win in the end.
“The League? It’s clear that La Liga is out of reach. But we have the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, which are in the knock-out stages, and that’s our strong suit. You have to focus 100 per cent on these competitions, but without forgetting about La Liga.
“It’s our obligation to finish at least second, which means we have to keep adding three points and hope that Atletico lose ground.”