The hopes for a first La Liga title in four years were all but gone before Real Madrid pulled a great comeback to beat league leaders Barcelona in the El Clasico clash on Saturday 2 April at the Camp Nou.
Gerard Pique scored for Barca before Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo struck to bag maximum points in a 2 – 1 win and speaking after the game, the Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admitted his elation at his team’s fighting spirit.
The win kept Real in third but just seven points behind Barca and a point below second placed Atletico Madrid and the manager moved to calm talk of the title, only terming the win a turning point to their season.
“We must go step by step. First we must pass Atletico. Then we’ll see what happens. There are still games to play. This can be a turning point. It is very important, for the rest of season, for our spirit,” he said.
He also lauded the unity showed by his team in the match and called for good rest and a positive approach to the coming match, a Champions League clash against German side Wolfsburg.
“When I see a team that’s united and all together, with everyone fighting for their team-mates and for their coach, there’s nothing better.
“Coming into the game, we knew that we would have to work hard and be well prepared for it.
“We put in a good performance, we’ve got the three points and we now need to rest and start thinking about the Wolfsburg game because it’s very important for us as we look to continue what we’ve started,” he added.