Lassana Diarra: Real Madrid is not thinking about Barcelona

The holding player has stressed that the Liga leaders are focusing on their own performances rather than how their Catalan rivals are performing this season
Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has insisted that the Santiago Bernabeu side are not thinking about Barcelona, but are focusing on their own performances in the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign instead.

The Catalans are trailing Madrid by eight points in the Liga table following this weekend's results, but Diarra has made it clear that the Blancos are not too worried about their rivals as they are in control of their own destiny.

"We are not thinking about Barcelona. We are only thinking about ourselves, because we know that we have everything in our own hands. We will win the league title if we keep winning our games. That's a fact," Diarra was quoted as saying by AS.

"It's normal that we were disappointed with the draw against Malaga. We want to be crowned champions as soon as possible. Dropping points at home is never a good thing, but it's not the end of the world. We are still the leaders."

Real Madrid is currently preparing for the Liga match away against Villarreal on Wednesday.