Real Madrid sports director Pedja Mijatovic admitted some relief after their victory over Recreativo Huelva on Saturday night.

"After such a difficult week, the important thing was to win," said Mijatovic. "Maybe we deserved some more goals, but I'll take the three points.

"The team has a good attitude and has given everything on the field, the only penalty is an injury to (Gonzalo) Higuain, now we'll see what happens with him."

Mijatovic added: "We're already ahead of Villarreal, it was important to win because the results had earlier been poor and it was imperative to win the three points. From now on, we will go forward because this team has a lot of quality."