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Real Madrid V.s. Racing Santander: Post Match Reactions

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31:  Real Madrid's new coach Jose Mourinho of Portugal holds a press conference at  the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on May 31, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31: Real Madrid's new coach Jose Mourinho of Portugal holds a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on May 31, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid have had a less than stellar week, that's for sure. In fact, there really wasn't anything stellar about it.  However, as Gabe mentioned before, it's not the end of the world, madridistas, so have faith in our team.

As usual, the press interviewed the coach and the players, after the disappointing 0-0 draw against Racing last night.

Mourinho acknowledged that he is indeed worried about Madrid's recent slump (he's not the only one) and discussed this with the press following the match:

"....We played in our opponent's half of the pitch after half-time and we didn't have that many chances on goal. This is due to Racing, who defended fiercely and played their game well looking to take one point."

"... We dropped four points away from home last season in our first few games. Our main reference in terms of fighting for the title are Barcelona and if they win tonight they'll only have a 3-point cushion over us, not a 30-point lead."

"It's less worrisome to draw a match in which you're the only side that tries to play and win. We've dropped five points in two away games and that is worrisome... We've scored one goal in our last three games and we must return to normality by scoring and winning on Saturday."

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By the way, Barcelona drew against Valencia late last night, so Mourinho can at least be relieved that the gap between Spain's Big Two remains at one point.

The "Special One" has his work cut out for him over the next few days, as he tries to get Real Madrid back on track. You can read his full interview here.

See more of the players' post match reactions after the jump.

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas gave his thoughts along with defender Alvaro Arbeloa (who had a great match) and central midfielder Xabi Alonso (who did not) addressed the media following the draw, highlighting the importance of taking all three points from their next match, as well as keeping a positive mentality:

Casillas:

"The league is far from over. It's still soon, but we can't afford the luxury of dropping points because they are all vital and important. We have sufficient quality to create chances on goal and play football, but we must also acknowledge the merits of Levante and Racing. We must look to the future and fix the things we did wrong."

"It's worrying that we haven't either of our last two games. It's hard to swallow, but we must now move on and think about our next match. Our image tonight did not befit of a team like Real Madrid."

Arbeloa:
"We didn't do our best in our last two games. We faced tight defences and were impatient. We must improve on this...We have to showcase our character. There is so much left in the championship that we can't give up now. We will play a complicated match on Saturday and we have to take three points."

Alonso:

"We're not having the best of runs, but we've got time to change it. The first thing we must do is win on Saturday. We are a united group of players who must all row in the same direction...We mustn't lose faith; this is a long distance run and there is still a lot to be played."

 

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As always, you can read the full interviews here.

Hopefully, the team can act upon their words and grab a win soon.

Real Madrid's congested schedule continues as they face Rayo Vallecano at home on Saturday. Hopefully, we'll finally have something to cheer about.

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