Nihat - We are firm favourites
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The hit-man could not hide his delight after seeing Real move back to the top of the table following Depor's surprise home defeat to Valencia.
"It's clear that we are now first and are the big favourites to win the league," said the former Besiktas star.
"We have four difficult games left and we will be doing everything to get the points needed to win the league.
"Now we must concentrate on winning the next game with Malaga and being able to continue relying on ourselves."
Nihat paid tribute to rivals Recreativo and admitted he hoped they went on to retain their top-flight status.
"They have demonstrated that they can pass the ball well and are a good team.
"They played well and now I wish them luck and hope that they stay in the Primera division."
Sociedad boss Raynald Denoueix echoed his player's sentiments, but acknowledged that his side would have to suffer a great deal more if they were to go on and clinch the title.
"We can't think about winning a championship of such calibre without suffering," said the Frenchman.
"What's more, I believe that from now until the end of the season we will suffer at some point more than we have now (against Recreativo).
"The most important thing is that after our success we can rely on ourselves, our fate is now in our own hands."