Koeman insists Barcelona are still in the La Liga’s title race

Mon 14 December 2020 | 10:33

Despite a hard-fought 1-0 home victory against Levante and a 9-points distance to the top of the table, Ronald Koeman still believes their hopes for a La Liga title haven’t died yet.

A 76


-minute strike from

Lionel Messi



three points following a hard match against relegation-favorites, Levante.

The win lifts

Ronald Koeman’s

men to 8


place in the La Liga table with 17 points, following the leaders, Real Sociedad with a 9-points gap.

“Of course we can win (the title),”

Koeman said at his post-match press conference.

“If we improve and we have more confidence and we improve our effectiveness (in front of goal), there’s a chance.

“There are still lots of games left remaining. We know our situation in the league

“We knew after we lost against Cadiz we had to win and let’s hope that is good for the confidence.”

Ronald Koeman was full of praise for his captain, who scored the winner despite being marked by several Levante players.

“You have to realize they don’t make it easy for him,”

said Koeman.

“He’s marked by lots (of players). But he’s shown he’s decisive.”

Barcelona will face

Real Sociedad

in Camp Nou on Wednesday, and full-back,

Jordi Alba

, believes the Catalans are heading in the right direction.

Alba told Movistar LaLiga: “The level of the league is good and we are on the right road to move up the table.

“Regardless of what happened in the Madrid derby, we have to do things the right way.

“If we do we’ll be up there. We’ve dropped too many points, that is clear.

“But the league is very open. This year there are teams who have never been as high in the table and they are up there at the moment.”

Levante gained their second victory of the season by beating Getafe 3-0 last weekend, they remain two points away from safety. Their goalkeeper,

Aitor Fernandez

, is proud of his side’s game against the Catalan giants.

“That speaks well of the way we played and the game that we played. We made one mistake and they scored, but we must keep showing the same attitude.

“We wanted to move away from the bottom and it was a shame we could not do that.”

source: SportMob

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