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The Portuguese trainer has all but conceded defeat in the title race, but vowed to fight on with his team until the end of the season to help their European form

Jose Mourinho has admitted that Real Madrid has next to no chance of retaining its Liga crown in the wake of a 2-2 draw against Espanyol at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening, but vowed to keep his side competitive for the remainder of the season.

The capital club conceded an 88th-minute equalizer to Juan Albin, meaning that Barcelona could open up a 13-point gap at the top of the table should it defeat Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou later on Sunday.

“I think winning the league is almost impossible, but we still have to perform better, because if we improve in La Liga, we improve in the Champions League," he stated at his post-match press conference.

“We are not as good as before. We do not have the same joy and confidence, and we struggle to score as much as last year. I have never been in this situation, but I do not lack strength.

“We will continue to fight for the title, even though it seems impossible, because this is Real Madrid. Everyone has to stand up for themselves - for ambition, personal dignity, and the Real Madrid name.”

Mourinho also touched on the performance of Luka Modric, who was substituted at halftime despite hitting the woodwork in the first period.

"Modric was not having a bad game, but I took him off as a strategic decision. I was sorry to remove him as he was doing okay," he said.

The Madrid boss concluded his press conference on a testy note, as in response to a question about his team’s defending on set pieces. He snapped, "You are a journalist, you should have the skills to analyse it yourself!"

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