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El Clasico, revisited: Ancelotti feels Madrid deserved better, Martino hails Barca’s “last chance”

Mar 23, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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It was an El Clasico that anyone outside of Real Madrid’s fan base could appreciate, and even some Madrid supporters probably admit to being quite entertained by the 4-3 Barca win.

There was a thrilling first half. And a wild second half.

So it’s no surprise that the victory has Barcelona manager Tata Martino very excited for his team. In fact, he sounds downright defiant.

“La Liga is not over,” Martino said. “We were given up for dead but with this result today we are right back in it. This was our last chance. We did not want to be left out.”

How often does Barca get to play the role of forgotten, overlooked sons? Not often, but sitting one point back of both Madrid clubs and knowing they’ll need to catch a break from Real Madrid the rest of the way, Martino is happy to embrace the underdog role (even if it’s an “underdog” still alive for a Champions League title).

On the flip side is Carlo Ancelotti, who watched as his team fell victim to two questionable penalty kicks and a suspect red card to Sergio Ramos. He said it was best he not comment on the officiating, but he admitted feeling a bit robbed by the evening.

“In the first matches with Barca and Atletico we deserved to lose, but not tonight. We didn’t deserve this defeat… The team has showed its quality and proved it in this match.”

Plus, he isn’t all that worried about the result. Madrid still has its fate in its hands, and Ancelotti didn’t expect to the title to be handed over in March or even April.

“I’ve said it many times, the league will be decided in the last match. We have to continue fighting. We need to react.”

“The league race is still open. We need an immediate reaction. We have nine matches left. It will be all intense. Every game will be decisive.