Barcelona have one hand on the title after securing a 1-0 win over Villarreal at El Madrigal despite fielding a weakened side. Pique’s goal was enough to seal it, and after Mourinho had his 9 year record broken, he admitted that the title race is all but over.
Goals from Jonathan Soriano, Illie and Saul gave the B team all three points in a 3-2 win over Villarreal B, despite missing a host of key players because of promotions to the first team.
"We have taken a very important step. Eight points are a lot but we have still not yet secured the title. Whoever we play against we maintain the same level. We should be proud of this game. We are all very good and we do not notice any dip (with several players missing)."
In an interview with Italian television channel Rai Sport earlier this week, Guardiola was quoted as saying his time at Camp Nou was coming to an end. "I was not betrayed in the interview but I want to make clear that I am not thinking about leaving the club immediately. Maybe I am naïve when it comes to dealing with the press and I will learn in the future."
"The league is very, very difficult now for us, if not impossible," Casillas said, according to ADN. We must be realistic and focus our minds on the Champions League. That game is the most important thing for us now." The Real captain's comments suggest Real could now view Europe's premier club competition as their best shot for silverware this season.
Jose Mourinho lost his first home league match in more than nine years as Real Madrid's title hopes suffered a huge blow with a shock defeat against Sporting Gijon at the Bernabeu. Miguel de las Cuevas, the former Atletico Madrid player, netted the only goal of the game in the 79th minute to end not only Mourinho's remarkable personal run but also Madrid's 100% record at home this season.
About his bid for Canales, 20, Ollie said: "I got an email from Jose, which said: 'Sorry mate - nice try'. He was very complimentary about how well we've done in the Premier League."
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