The Blancos shot-stopper is anticipating a dramatic final day, while he says he will have no issue with being overlooked for the Champions League final
Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez expects the Primera Division title race to be decided in the very last minutes of the 2013-14 campaign as Carlo Ancelotti's men, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all still have a shot at winning the title.
Los Blancos' Primera Division hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia, but Atleti's loss to Levante earlier in the day, coupled with Barca's draw at home to Getafe on Saturday mean that a treble is still possible for the Santiago Bernabeu side, who claimed the Copa del Rey last month and progressed to the final of the Champions League by hammering Bayern Munich.
"We are not just depending on ourselves, which is the worst thing," Lopez told his club's official site. "Atletico lost to Levante and Barcelona drew with Getafe, so we won't know who the champion is until the final game and I think La Liga will be decided in the last minute of the season.
"The games are very difficult during this final stretch: the teams that are fighting for their lives to stay up will give it their all, as will the teams with nothing to play for.
"The race is still wide open. We have faith in ourselves and in the way we are playing."
Diego Lopez has been Carlo Ancelotti's first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga this season, but Iker Casillas has been starting all of Madrid's cup games. Consequently, Lopez looks set to be left on the bench for the Champions League final against Atletico in Lisbon later this month - a scenario that he insists he will accept with no complaints.
"We have to be united," he insisted. "Iker is well used to playing these kinds of games. I'm not going to talk about who deserves what, but instead I'll talk about respect. That is what is needed in cases like this and Iker and I should be respected for our performances this season.
"We're not going to change things around now."