Marcelo: Draw tastes like defeat

Marcelo admitted Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Malaga in La Liga on Sunday “tasted like a defeat” but made it clear “we’ll keep fighting” for the title.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial opener was followed by a penalty miss from the forward and a Periquitos equaliser in the second half via Raul Albentosa to leave Los Blancos nine points behind League leaders Barcelona, but the Brazilian insisted his team were ready to overcome the setback.

“Malaga are a great team and we knew it’d be difficult,” he said after the game.

“We failed in some aspects, but we never gave up and fought until the end.

“We controlled the game, but we failed and we have to see where we failed so we don’t suffer the same result again.

“It was a draw, but it tasted like a defeat. Still, we’ll keep fighting [for the title].

“Our next games are difficult and everyone does their best against Madrid.

“Now we must think about the next game, which will also be difficult.

“The League is always difficult and now it’s even more so. We have to keep fighting.”

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