Mourinho pleased by clinical Real

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho praised his side's ruthlessness in front of goal as they eased to a 5-0 win over Mallorca in La Liga on Sunday.

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Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring for the visitors with Real's first chance of the game in the eighth minute.

The early goal forced Mallorca to come out of their defensive shell and they were further punished by two goals from Ronaldo, another strike by Higuain, and a stoppage time effort from substitute Jose Maria Callejon which pushed the winning margin to five.

"We scored the first chance to score and it made the match easier," Mourinho said in his post-match press conference.

"Sometimes we need lots of chances to score and this time we scored the first, and the second the same and things got easier".

He added: "It was important to win against at a difficult ground and against a tough opponent."

"The result makes it look easy but it was the way that the match went it became easy. Before the match this is one of them that you mark down as difficult on the fixture list. We have to continue and win as many points as possible".

The win was crucial for Real after joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid had both already won over weekend.

"We're keeping going in right direction. Last season we had a 10 point advantage over the second placed team in March, and we felt that the league was still up for grabs," he said.

"Now it is not March, it is October and not 10 points difference, we have eight points to make up. You have to keep cutting the lead to the direct competition, in this instance our competition are also Atletico Madrid because they have got a good head start on us".

Real currently occupy fourth position in La Liga and are eight points adrift of Barca and Atletico.

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