Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has admitted that retaining the league title has become more difficult, following Barça’s draw against Sevilla.
Sevilla held the Laliga defending champions to a barren draw at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, leaving the number one spot open for title chasing Real Madrid to grab.
In aftermath of the draw, Pique revealed to Marca during post-match interview, that the Blaugrana side have found themselves in a tight situation.
“This result leaves us in a position where we no longer just depending on ourselves,” said the 33 year-old.
The experienced Spanish Center believes Los Blancos won’t drop enough points to help the Catalan giants regain their control in the League.
“I think it will be difficult to win the league now. We will do everything possible, but Real Madrid will lose very few points.
“Looking at the games we have left, it is difficult to see them dropping enough points.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona manager, Quique Setien believes that Real can’t possibly win all their matches, while given his thoughts on the Sevilla performance.
“We knew it was almost impossible to obtain all points.
The draw is a lesser evil.
The reality is that the title is no longer dependent on us– that has changed– But, I don’t think Real Madrid will win every game.”
Barcelona have a tough run of games ahead of them, with difficult ties against Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Celta Vigo and their neighbours, Espanyol, still to come.
Meanwhile, their fiercest rivals, Real Madrid, have impressed in their opening two games, dismantling Eibar and Valencia in the process.
The Zinedine Zidane led side are now favourites for the league crown, and will take over the number one spot should they pass the Anoeta Test against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Here are the remaining fixtures for both sides:
- Vs Athletic Bilbao – Home
- Vs Celta Vigo – Away
- Vs Atletico Madrid – Home
- Vs Villarreal – Away
- Vs Espanyol – Home
- Vs Real Valladolid – Away
- Vs Osasuna – Home
- Vs Alaves – Away
- Vs Real Sociedad – Away
- Vs Real Mallorca – Home
- Vs Espanyol – Away
- Vs Getafe – Home
- Vs Athletic Bilbao – Away
- Vs Alaves – Home
- Vs Granada – Away
- Vs Villarreal – Home
- Vs Leganes – Away