1-1: The leaders gave it their all right to the end
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the lead, but Villarreal levelled the scores and held out despite the Whites' attacks.
"After the break the tempo changed and we played a good second half", added the Italian.
The Copa winners took to the field ahead of the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal.
“We did all we could to win but the ball wouldn't go in”, said Marcelo.
The Whites' third-quarter offence and defence in the fourth gave them an 8th win in a row. Rudy (19 points) and Sergio Rodríguez (17) were the top performers.