Real Madrid crisis deepens with home defeat to Villarreal

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said media coverage of his football squad emphasises the negative because that "sells more".

Zidane's side's Champions League spot for next season is looking perilous - they now sit only one point above Villarreal, who move up to fifth.

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

Real Madrid were the better team in the opening forty-five minutes with the best chances seeing a header from Gareth Bale being ruled out for an offside infringement and a free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the cross-bar. While Real Madrid grew increasingly nervous, Barcelona remained calm and stuck to the gameplan, amping up the pressure as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored to go back with a 2-0 win from the Ceramic Stadium.

And after dropping points once again, Los Blancos fans are desperate for there to be a change of manager at the Bernabeu helm. Cross. Real Madrid had 11 corners and made nothing of it, Marcelo sent in cross after cross with no reward. Just what is happening to this side in the dressing room?

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