Real Madrid coach Pellegrini praises defense ahead of el Classico

08:42, April 06, 2010      

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Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini praises his side's solid defensive display after Sunday's 2-0 win away to Racing Santander.

A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and a second half goal from Gonzalo Higuain were enough to give a workmanlike Real Madrid side the points against a disappointing rival that failed to muster a single shot on target.

The Real Madrid coach put that down to the good work carried out by his team's defense in the El Sardinero Stadium and he highlighted the defensive strength would be the key to beating FC Barcelona.

Barcelona visits the Santiago Bernabeu next Saturday to play el "Classico" the game that looks destined to decide which of the two sides wins the Primera Liga title.

"We need to do what we do on a daily basis in order to win next Saturday," said Pellegrini on the club website this Monday.

Nevertheless, he insisted his side would not lose the attacking style that has seen it score 83 goals in 30 matches.

"We cannot lose our identity," he insisted. "We will try to win and whoever makes the fewest mistakes (in the Classico) will win. Both of us (Madrid and Barcelona) won our matches this weekend. We are up against a great opponent, but I am sure we will win if we focus and stick to our football," said the Real Madrid coach.

Although commentators believe the winner of the Barcelona game will be Spanish champion, Pellegrini said that his players can't relax no matter what the result will be on next Saturday.

"The Clasico is just another match that has to be played and it is followed by more matches. We cannot make any mistakes from here on out because we won't be facing any easy teams," he concluded.



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