A third defeat in four games was another huge blow for Madrid, who led the league by four points just three weeks ago. Coach Carlo Ancelotti was consoled by his side’s much improved display in the first hour of the game compared to their wretched form in recent weeks.
However, he admitted his side wilted under the pressure of chasing an equaliser for the second time after the break.
“I think it was a mental problem not a physical one. We started looking for more difficult passes and that is why the last half-hour didn’t go like the first-half.
“We are disappointed, but it is better to have better feeling in the way we played. We can have more confidence in the future games in the league and the Champions League.”
And Ancelotti said his side wouldn’t give up the chase in the remaining 10 games of the season.
“At the moment the league isn’t finished. Barcelona have an advantage, like we had before. In football anything can happen.”