Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Real Madrid's La Liga title bid suffered a potentially fatal blow in their 2-2 draw with Valencia.
Second-placed Madrid slipped four points behind Barcelona after Los Che, who went 2-0 ahead, held them at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.
With just two games left in the calendar, the Italian coach concedes that overhauling Barca's advantage is "much more difficult" as a result of the setback.
"We scored two goals, hit the frame of the goal three times and missed a penalty. The result hurts, but it can happen sometimes," he told reporters.
"[Winning La Liga] will now be much more difficult [than it was before], but there are still two matches left and we must try to win them both.
"We're all disappointed with the result, given that we played the match with confidence."