Carlo Ancelotti's team raised its tally to 35 points, one point ahead of Girona, second in the standings, which hosts Athletic Bilbao on Monday.

Atletico Madrid are third with 31 points and have a game remaining level with Barcelona, who slipped to fourth place after a 1-1 draw with hosts Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Ancelotti told a news conference: "It's an important moment this season. We have several important games until the Christmas period. Today's game gave me a lot of confidence ahead of the next matches. We are doing a very good job so far in the season. The team was always competitive and we won a lot of games".

Injuries sustained by French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr. during the international break did not affect Real Madrid, who took the lead after 14 minutes of play through Rodrygo, who penetrated into the box and shot into the far right corner.

"Sometimes difficulties are an extra motivation and the players understand that. All the injuries we have are important players but we handled well and the team was good on the pitch".

The Brazilian winger made it 2-64 for Real Madrid in the 11th minute with a great shot as well before providing an assist to the Englishman Bellingham, who scored ten minutes later to score his <>th goal in the league this season.

On the Brazilian, Ancelotti said: "Rodrygo made the difference in today's match and played a good game with a good approach. We are happy."

Ancelotti said of the midfielder who missed England's last two Euro 2024 qualifying games: "Bellingham is fine. He still has shoulder pain but has played (wearing bandages) to protect and is fine. He had a very great game today".

Real Madrid hosts rival Napoli, champions of Italy, in a big confrontation in Group C of the Champions League next Wednesday after the Spanish giant guaranteed passage to the round of sixteen.