Zinedine Zidane Wants Real Madrid to Be Ready for Barça Slip-up

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has urged his team to remain vigilant in the Liga title race after Saturday's emphatic 5-1 thumping of Getafe left the Blancos just one point behind faltering league-leader Barcelona.

The reigning champion had looked like easing to a successful defense of its crown this term, but defeats to Madrid and Real Sociedad have allowed Zidane's side and Atletico Madrid to close in.

Madrid made light work of city neighbors Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, with Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo all getting on the score sheet to cut the deficit to just a single point.

Barcelona hosts Valencia on Sunday as it looks to extend the gap again, but with Luis Enrique's men hitting patchy form, Zidane has told his players to be ready to pounce on any further slip-ups.

"We are doing our work, the players know that La Liga is important," he told reporters. "Today we will go to bed just one point behind. Today from the start we showed we wanted to do well, all of the players played a professional, fantastic game, respecting our opponents.

"I don't know when Barcelona or Atletico might slip up. We will watch their games, but the most important thing is what we do ourselves."

Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has faith that Los Blancos can go all the way in La Liga and the Champions League but reminded his teammates nothing less than total focus will suffice.

He said: "We were very serious in our approach, and I've always said that we won't lower our [guard] in the league. We're close [to the end of the season] and we know that we can go all the way with the chance of winning both titles if we do our job well.

"We must never lose faith and always go forward. We must win our remaining games and fight for the trophies on offer."