Zinedine Zidane warned against Real Madrid getting ahead of themselves now they’re just a point from La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Los Blancos won the Clasico but remain third, with Atletico Madrid level on points with Barca, ahead of a midweek round of games.
“We haven’t won anything. Nothing at all. We’re in a good situation but we haven’t won anything. There’s a lot of talk that we’re going to win everything, but you can say what you want. We know we haven’t won anything and have to play for everything,” Zidane stressed, Marca reports.
“The players think the same as me, they’re focused on what we have to do. We will work until the last minute. I can see [Barca and Atletico] winning everything, so we have to fight to the end. They’re ahead in the League. First we need to be ahead of Atletico.
“I don’t know when the perception changed. I can say that before [derby defeat to] Atletico, it was a hard time but we continued to work and now we’re in a good situation. We know what a good season for Madrid is.”
Villarreal provide the opposition for Madrid on Wednesday but Gareth Bale won’t be fit, Zidane acknowledging the loss of the Wales international.
“Bale suffered from something last weekend. Hopefully it’s just a strain. We’re going to see. I don’t think he was playing golf last Sunday. He has discomfort in his back, where I’m not sure, I’m not a doctor, but I hope he can be with us [against Rayo Vallecano] on Saturday,” Zizou noted.
“Villarreal are a great team, very difficult because they’re very good defensively. They have great players, such as Denis Suarez. We think game-to-game, how best to prepare. First Villarreal, then Rayo, then Manchester City.”