Barcelona coach Quique Setien stays satisfied his crew can nonetheless win La Liga regardless of being knocked off the highest of the desk on Sunday by fierce rivals Actual Madrid.
Los Blancos beat Actual Sociedad 2-1 at Anoeta in a controversial match to maneuver degree on factors with Barca. Nevertheless, Zinedine Zidane’s crew take first place because of a greater head-to-head document. They are going to be topped champions in the event that they win their final eight video games.
Setien was requested about his crew’s title hopes throughout his pre-match press convention forward of Tuesday’s La Liga conflict in opposition to Athletic on the Camp Nou.
“The crew educated very effectively at present, somewhat little bit of residual tiredness, however they educated very effectively. We’re satisfied we are able to win the league and we’ll be up there.
“I don’t assume there’s a terrific distinction between us and Actual Madrid. They must go to San Mames and play some robust groups, similar to us. Each sport is totally different. Yesterday Madrid gained however may have drawn, similar to we did at Sevilla.”
“It’s true that we’re behind now however we nonetheless have the identical quantity as factors. Clearly the margin of error is smaller for us but additionally for them. They’ll’t make errors both as a result of, as we’ve seen many occasions earlier than, the league title can been determined within the closing video games. Now we have eight video games left and we nonetheless have the identical goal which is to win each sport and be there till the top.”
Barcelona misplaced 1-Zero to Athletic on the opening day of the season in La Liga at San Mames. They have been additionally overwhelmed by the Basque aspect within the Copa del Rey again in February. Nevertheless, Athletic has not gained on the Camp Nou since 2001.
Controversy As Actual Madrid Go High
Actual Madrid’s win on Sunday was filled with speaking factors and controversy. Los Blancos have been awarded a penalty when Vinícius Júnior went down below minimal contact, whereas Actual Sociedad noticed an equalizer chalked off by VAR. Karim Benzema scored Actual Madrid’s second aim which was allowed to face regardless of accusations of handball.
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane didn’t wish to discuss refereeing selections after the match and felt his crew absolutely deserved all three factors, in keeping with Purpose’s Dejan Kalinic.
“What bothers me is that in the long run we solely speak concerning the referees, plainly now we have not performed something on the sphere. However we’re not going to regulate the controversy. We gained on the sphere and I believe the victory is deserved.”
Actual Madrid additionally noticed a key choice go of their favor final trip in opposition to Valencia when Rodrigo had a aim dominated out that may have put the guests in entrance. Los Blancos went on to win the sport 3-0.
No Room for Error for Barcelona
Sunday’s outcomes imply Barcelona has little or no room for error of their closing video games and nonetheless have some tough fixtures to beat, beginning with the go to of Athletic. Gaizka Garitano’s head to the Camp Nou after beating Actual Betis 1-Zero on Saturday.
The Catalan giants then head to Celta Vigo, who hammered Alaves 6-Zero on Sunday, earlier than internet hosting Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s aspect has seemed refreshed for the reason that restart and has picked up two wins and a draw.
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