Jan 13, 2018 at 3.15pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance: 63,403
Real Madrid
0-1
Villarreal

Carvajal (58'), Vazquez (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Fornals (88')
Bacca (44')

Nacho: 'Bad attitude not to blame for Real Madrid's problems'

Nacho: 'Bad attitude not to blame'
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Nacho insists that he and his teammates "are very excited to keep fighting" in the La Liga title race, as he responds to suggestions that Real Madrid have given up.

Real Madrid defender Nacho has insisted that his side do not have a poor attitude, despite their barren run of form continuing with a home defeat against Villarreal.

A bad season got even worse for Los Blancos on Saturday afternoon as they went down 1-0 on home soil to a late Pablo Fornals goal - the ninth time in 18 matches that they have dropped points this term.

Defeat for Madrid leaves them 16 points adrift of Barcelona and now focusing solely on cup competitions, but Nacho has denied suggestions that he and his teammates have simply given up hope of catching the runaway leaders.

"I do not know [what happened] really," he told beIN Sports. "I think we showed a good attitude, we have fought well, all the team. Villarreal are a team that likes possession, but we have played a good match in general.

"We had a corner and they caught us out of place, it's not a lack of attitude. Every game we play we go out and say that there are possibilities.

"I keep thinking about it because there are many points left, but logically every time we do not win the chances are much lower. We have the cup this week and we are very excited to keep fighting. It's not a lack of attitude."

Madrid face Leganes in the Copa del Rey in midweek, before welcoming Deportivo La Coruna to the Bernabeu on January 21.

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14Espanyol196671521-624
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18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo1944112137-1616
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