Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted it will be ‘difficult’ to catch La Liga leaders Barcelona, but says they will do all they can.
The Los Blancos are currently third in La Liga, and are now 10 points adrift of their Catalan rivals, who won 2-1 against Las Palmas on Saturday. The result sees Barcelona extend their lead at the top and now have 63 points, albeit having played one game more.
Atletico Madrid lie second on the table and have also played a game less, but are nine points adrift nonetheless, while Real are third.
Speaking before Barcelona’s win at Las Palmas, Zidane reckoned it will be difficult to catch up with Barca, who were seven points ahead at the time.
“I am still thinking the same thing,” Zidane said. “We are seven points (10 points now) behind and it will be difficult, but we are giving it everything and we are all happy.
“On Sunday we will try to do everything to get what we need to get.”
They visit Malaga on Sunday, and he will hope to continue his unbeaten run since replacing Rafael Benitez.
The Champions League over Roma on Wednesday means he is unbeaten in the seven games he has taken charge of since he took over in January.
Meanwhile, Malaga defender Miguel Torres hopes they can put spanner in Zidane’s works, and halt his move to catch Barcelona.
“It’s going to be a long match in which any detail could determine the final result. We’ve been working very well during the week,” he said.
“We see Real Madrid in action once or twice a week as they’re taking part in a lot of games; although it’s also tough to stop players of such quality. However, I hope it’ll be a hard-fought game and we get a good result.”