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Real Madrid fall 16 points behind Barcelona after draw with Celta Vigo

08 January, 2018, 05:55 | Author: John Swanson
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Real Madrid players feel like their La Liga title hopes are "sinking" into a black hole after they let a 2-1 lead against Celta Vigo slip through their fingers in the final eight minutes, leaving them 16 points adrift of leaders Barcelona. "Even now that we have a bit of difficulty, and because I remember that a year ago I did not get these kind of questions", Zidane said during press conference.

But Maxi Gomez's headed goal in the 82nd minute ensured the match finished in a 2-2 draw and piled more pain on Zinedine Zidane's side, who had lost 3-0 to arch rivals and runaway leaders Barca in their last Liga outing.

"Tomorrow will be another day and we will go back to work and think about the next matches".

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"We do what we can, we try to play good football, score goals and circulate the ball, but it's not happening for us".

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Celta Vigo have been struggling this season and they are in need of a positive run of games that would help them to move away from the relegation zone.

Ramos will also miss the league game at home to Villarreal on January 13 and the King's Cup last 16 return leg at the Bernabeu three days earlier against Numancia, who they beat 3-0 in the first game, plus a possible quarter-final first leg. "Having said that, like always I'm more interested in what we are going to do tomorrow", the Frenchman added.

Los Blancos know there can be no more slip ups given the ever-widening gap to Barcelona at the top of the table, and that should see the visitors take the game to Celta - leading to an open encounter.

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