Madrid’s Diarra says no need to panic

AFP, Tuesday 20 Mar 2012

Midfielder Lassana Diarra confident Real will win league despite draw with Malaga that cut lead over Barca to 8 points

Lassana Diarra
Real Madrid's Lass Diarra (L) fights for the ball with Malaga's Isco Alarcon during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid March 18, 2012. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (Photo: REUTERS)

Real Madrid's French midfielder Lassana Diarra on Tuesday said there was no need to panic, after the Spanish giants were held 1-1 by Malaga, cutting their 10-point lead over rivals Barcelona.

"It's true that we were a bit down after the match. But there's no need to panic. Barca are still eight points behind, which is a lot," he told the sports daily AS.

Diarra started Sunday's match against Malaga after being sidelined with a lower back injury and the 27-year-old said he was happy to return, even in an unfamiliar right-back role.

"I don't really noticed the difference any more between playing right-back or in midfield because I've now got more experience and I know how to deal with defending better," he added.

"Defensively, it was a bit more difficult than normal against Malaga but I think that I think I acquitted myself well coming forward."

Barca can cut Madrid's lead to five points if they win against Granada on Tuesday night but a victory for Madrid at Villarreal on Wednesday will again give them an eight-point lead.

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