Santiago Solari says Real Madrid will fight to win La Liga until the end of the season despite slipping nine points behind Barcelona.
Ahead of back-to-back Clasico clashes against rivals Barca, Madrid are in league action away to Levante on Sunday.
Barca’s seven-point lead over Atletico Madrid has Ernesto Valverde’s men on track to defend the title they secured last season.
But even though Madrid’s shock home loss to struggling Girona last weekend ended a five-game winning run and left them well off the pace, Solari will not concede.
“Every game is played with maximum commitment,” Solari told a news conference. “Our commitment is to fight for the league until the end.
“We want to cut points and that is our objective, we have not last weekend and we have to cut again. We must have the necessary tension to face a match like Levante.
“Levante are a very fast team, we have to go there from minute one to play our game. Press, press up and be aggressive with the opposite goal.
“The players are the ones who enter and define a match, we would like to be closer to the goal, to win, but we have to fight.”