Benzema Wants to Stay

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has warned Barcelona they are not champions yet, insisting the Blaugrana's El Clasico victory at the Bernabeu won't be enough to secure the Liga title.

"We said before the Clasico that whoever won the match cannot afford to think they are the champions and that whoever lost cannot believe the league is over,” said Pellegrini at a press conference today.

“The season ends on May 16, so we will try to cut into the lead until the very last match.”

The Merengues will look to get their league challenge back on track tomorrow evening when they travel to Andalusia to face Almeria and the Chilean tactician is confident his side have what it takes to bounce back.

"This team will be able to pick itself up as it has done in the past,” assured Pellegrini. “Over the last three days I have seen the players get over the loss and focus on what needs to be done. We cannot afford any setbacks and winning the next seven matches will be crucial. It is important to be mentally prepared to snatch the three points against Almeria."