"It's the best I've felt in a game for six months," revealed the former Chelsea winger, "although I did feel tired towards the end.
"We won, which is the most important thing, and remain among the leaders. But it is obvious we must start playing a lot better. It's true we were playing away from home, at a small stadium. But we must be critical of ourselves and realise we must play better."
Real midfielder Fernando Gago also said: "They made us suffer, but we won and that's the important thing."