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Ancelotti: La Liga Race to be Decided on Final Day

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti maintained that nothing has changed in the La Liga title race despite his team’s 4-3 loss to Barcelona on Sunday. The Italian tactician told reporters that the race was always going to come down to the final day of the season: “I’ve said it many times: the League will be decided in the last match. We have to continue fighting. We need to react,” he said.

“I haven't spoken to the players about the match yet. We committed small mistakes and that's why we lost,” Ancelotti added. “The team is ready to get up and move on. We have to be satisfied with how we played. In the first matches with Barca and Atletico we deserved to lose, but not tonight. We didn't deserve this defeat. We have improved a lot, the team has showed its quality and proved it in this match.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino was left in awe of his striker Lionel Messi, who scored three of Barca’s four goals in addition to assisting the opener for Andres Iniesta. “I can hardly talk about Leo but there’s no need, it’s compliment after compliment,” Martino said. “Today he breaks another record ... I hope he gives me the match ball.” Indeed, Messi’s hat trick made him the all-time leading scorer in ‘El Clasico.’

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