Los Merengues won at the Riazor for the first time in 18 years...
Speaking to Marca after the game, Pellegrini said, "The team that won today will be similar to that which plays against Espanyol."
"We tried to win from the start, and even though it wasn't a final, we knew it was an important game against a tough rival. I am pleased because this is traditionally a tough ground for us, and we played well, especially in the first half.
"Although we were under pressure in the end with the penalty, I was confident. The League will be open until it is mathematically impossible.
"This team will fight until the end."