MADRID (AP) — Coach Carlo Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to focus on winning its last three games and not the points' permutations involved in the Spanish league title race.
Madrid travels to Real Valladolid on Wednesday knowing victory lifts it one point above Barcelona and within two of leader Atletico Madrid with two games left for all three.
"The mathematics of it say there is still no champion, so we just have to believe in ourselves and win the last three games," Ancelotti said. "I'm certain all teams will try to win their final games. We saw surprising results last week. All the teams are fighting right up to the last minute."
Atletico needs four points to clinch its first title since 1996, which would mean even if Madrid wins its last three games and ties its city rival it wouldn't be enough because Atletico holds the edge in the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Barcelona is still in the hunt although there are concerns in the Spanish capital the Catalan side would prefer Atletico as champion to its biggest rival. Atletico plays at Barcelona in the final round.
"We're all professionals," Ancelotti said of the speculation. "With everyone's image in mind, I think Barcelona will play to its best ability against Atletico."
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