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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso admits that they cannot afford to slip up

Speaking after Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Real Sociedad, Xabi Alonso conceded that if Los Merengues are to challenge for the title, there is very little room for mistake, as they currently sit seven points behind a frighteningly consistent Barcelona side.

"We started well and the first goal set us on our way," he was quoted as saying by Intergoles.com. "The important thing is the victory, and that we keep adding to it.

"We know that the margin of error is limited, but we must be focused on our task."

Real Madrid must not only focus on not dropping points, but also hope that Barcelona slip up if they are to take the Liga title at the end of the season.

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