No room for error, admits Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso admits that Real Madrid cannot afford to drop points in La Liga anymore.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted that his side cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to win La Liga this season.

Los Blancos suffered their second successive league defeat on Wednesday when they went down 2-1 to Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Carlo Ancelotti’s side ahead in the 14th minute, but a brace from Carlos Bacca secured a comeback win for the hosts.

The loss saw the Spanish giants slip to third in the league table, three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 against Granada at home.

Barcelona, who defeated Real 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, also picked up three points on Wednesday, a 3-0 home win against Celta de Vigo placing them a point off the pace in second.

Alonso admits that there is “barely any room for error” for Real, but insists that he and his teammates can still recover and win the championship.

“There were times at which we were in control (against Sevilla), we had chances, but it wasn't our day and in the end we lost,” the 32-year-old Spaniard told reporters.

“We made defensive errors that led to our defeat. Obviously there is barely any room for error now, but we're going to try to turn the situation around, it is in our hands.

“There is still time to win. Atletico and Barcelona are there, who have to make a mistake, and we cannot falter, but we have to believe. We have to look at what we did wrong and get our game back to where it was, which is key for the end of the season.

“It's not that we were perfect before and now we are a disaster, we're somewhere in between with things to correct as soon as possible. I think above all we are losing a little strength in defence that allowed us to win a lot of games.

"Against Barcelona and Sevilla, we weren't solid enough to get a good result after taking the lead. Then there were errors, for example, mine for the first goal, which led to the equaliser and opened the game up.”

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