Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has hailed head coach Jose Mourinho's motivational skills in the aftermath of their 2-1 Primera Division win over Mallorca on Saturday evening.
Los Blancos were trailing 1-0 at half-time, but goals from Higuain and Jose Callejon after the break helped the table-toppers to the full three points.
"What the coach tells us in the dressing room stays there. Mourinho is a natural motivator and it shows on the pitch," Higuain was quoted as saying on the club's official website.
"We gave our all after half-time due to things turning out badly for us in the first half. Thank God we managed to win.
"We knew the match would be complicated and that we would face a Mallorca side different to last year's. We must now savour this victory and rest. There's enough time to prepare for the [Copa del Rey] clash against Barcelona."
Real Madrid's win extended their lead over Barca to eight points, but that advantage was reduced to five again after the Catalans beat Betis 4-2 on Sunday.