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The Brazilian remains optimistic about Los Blancos' hopes of the Liga title...

In a post-training press conference today, Real Madrid's Brazilian wideman, Marcelo, spoke of Real Madrid's title hopes in comments reported by Spanish sports daily AS.

Marcelo, who has been one of the revelations in the Blancos squad this season since his switch from left back to lthe left wing, described Liga rivals Barcelona as "hardly unbeatable". He also labelled the five-point gap which separates second-placed Madrid and leaders Barca in the table as "insignificant" since "there is still a lot of Liga left".

The lighthearted Brazilian also spoke of Los Blancos' weekend defeat at Athletic Bilbao, commenting that "there are matches where we shoot a lot and the ball simply doesn't find the goal. We have to be more focused. We have not had much luck in the past few matches with respect to goals, but the team is playing very well."

"We have learned a lot from our errors in the matches we have not won, and this will serve us well in those that follow, but only time will tell," he added.

Marcelo also commented on his friend Cristiano Ronaldo's goal drought, announcing that: "it is only a question of time before goals arrive."

Finally, the Brazilian dispelled any talk that he is unhappy with his midfield role. "I am a left back and the coach knows it, but I am very happy playing in the midfield and closer to goal." As for the added pressure of playing in the Spanish capital, he is "accustomed to being the centre of media attention" and "it doesn't affect him" because he doesn't "play for stories in the newspapers".