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Arbeloa details Real fatigue

4 November 2012 14:29

Alvaro Arbeloa has admitted Real Madrid were not at their best despite a 4-0 thrashing of Real Zaragoza in La Liga on Saturday.

The Spanish champions earned a comfortable victory thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, Michael Essien and Luka Modric to move into third place, though they still remain eight points behind league leaders Barcelona.

According to Arbeloa, the emphatic scoreline did not reflect Madrid's below-par performance, blaming fatigue caused by fixture congestion.

"We took our foot off the gas," the former Liverpool defender told reporters after the match.

"We've had a lot of games recently and we were a little tired."

Arbeloa also commented on the lack of academy graduates reaching the Real first team, something alluded to by Barca coach Tito Vilanova in a recent press conference.

"The Madrid fans want their team to win," Arbeloa said.

"They don't want there to be 10 home-grown players and then finish third in the league."

Jose Mourinho's men resume their Champions League campaign at home to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +51 90
2 38 +67 87
3 38 +66 87
4 38 +27 70
5 38 +17 63

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