Marcelo, the Real Madrid vice-captain, has praised his team for their never-give-up attitude after they completed a remarkable comeback from 2 – 0 down to defeat Villarreal 3 – 2 on Sunday.

The team looked to be in trouble with an hour of the game played, especially as Barcelona’s win at Atletico Madrid earlier in the day meant that they’d lost the top spot in the standings.

However, a dramatic finish to the game saw Gareth Bale score, Cristiano Ronaldo knock home a penalty and substitute Alvaro Morata put the team in front.

Marcelo said that the team was under enormous pressure but kept fighting in order to claim the three points, “The team knew not to give up on the game,” Marcelo said. “We were under a lot of pressure, and with the help of everyone, all the teammates, we ran a lot, fought a lot and came back.”

Madrid are now back on top with a game in hand over Barcelona and Sevilla but despite the proximity of Barcelona in the league table Marcelo insisted that Barcelona’s win earlier in the day didn’t increase the pressure, “We play every game with a lot of pressure,” he said. “The results of other teams are not important for us.”

For the first half of the game Villarreal looked to be the better team and Marcelo praised them after the match.

Villarreal’s players and bench were infuriated when referee Jesus Gil Manzano awarded a penalty for a handball against home captain Bruno Soriano with his team 2 – 1 ahead. The incident saw the team’s coach sent to the stands for his complaints on the side line.

Bruno insists that it was the wrong decision as the ball flew at him and there was nothing he could do to get out of the way.