Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can still win the Spanish league title despite losing for a second time in four days as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla.
Two goals from Colombian striker Carlos Bacca was enough to hand Sevilla a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had put Madrid in front.
Madrid now trail city rivals Atletico Madrid by three points as they beat Granada 1-0 at home.
However, more significantly, Barcelona now have the title back in their own hands as they moved ahead of Madrid into second, a point behind Atletico, with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo and they host Atletico on the final day of the season.
“We need to concentrate on our own games, it is true we have lost two games in a row and that is not good at this point in the season,” said Ancelotti.
“We need to believe that we can win it still. We are three points behind Atletico and two behind Barcelona, everything is still possible.”
Madrid captain for the night Marcelo, meanwhile, admitted his side had taken a huge psychological blow in the past week having gone 31 games without defeat before Sunday.
“We created some chances, but we couldn’t take them. That is football and all I can do is ask the fans for forgiveness and we will keep working,” he told Canal Plus.
“Now there are a number of games that are like finals. It is obvious that the players have suffered a bit physiologically, but we can’t give up on working to put Madrid where it deserves to be.
“It is difficult to do what we had been doing, continuing to win so many games in a row. We have lost two games that were key, but not the most important because we have many more difficult games coming up.”