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Real Madrid Vs. Málaga, La Liga 2012: Post-Match Reactions

José Mourinho (photo via

Real Madrid lost their first two points at the Bernabéu, after Barça won 1-3 on December 10. Now, Guardiola's team is only eight points behind los blancos, but this is what cushions are for.

José Mourinho tried to calm down Real Madrid's fans in the post-game press conference.

It is normal to draw or lose sometimes in la Liga. The referee committed two big mistakes, but that's also part of the championship. We have another game Wednesday against Villarreal. The team played well.

Some of the players also gave some interviews after the game, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso. Real Madrid's Captain Iker Casillas called the disappointing results a "wake up call."

We need to defend this position game by game. We never thought la Liga was over, we have 11 games remaining and we're going out and try to win every game. In some other games we were lucky, and they tied the game up in the last play of the game today. We can use this as a wake-up call.

The locker room was unanimous. Cristiano Ronaldo added that Real Madrid needs to forget about the game against Malaga and fully concentrate on all the games remaining. The team still has to play at Villarreal, Barcelona, Osasuna and Bilbao, as well as receive Valencia and Sevilla at home.

There's no need to panic. The referee was a bit soft today, but I don't want to judge him because I know they want to do the best they can. Málaga is a good team, and it is unfortunate that they tied the game in the last play, but we need to move on.

Alonso was impressed with Málaga during the first half.

They played great during the first half. They came out great, but in the second we had a lot of chances to score the second goal. We couldn't manage to do that and they tied the game, which is a pity. We need to keep the good form we have had, game by game, to get the three points.

Pepe was the last player to address the media.

We had the game on our hands. We are OK, we never felt like la Liga was already ours, so we need to keep working.

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