Barcelona have nine matches remaining in the LaLiga Santander season and will definitely be champions if they win them all, however coach Quique Setien doesn’t think that is likely.
The coach admitted that points could be dropped somewhere along the way.
“I think it’s unlikely,” he said during a press conference on Thursday when asked about the possibility of taking 27 points from the 27 available.
“The team is capable of it, though.
“The reality right now is that we’ve won two matches since the restart, with six goals scored and none conceded.
“That’s good and better than other teams.
“But it’s difficult to win every point.
“It’s difficult, but it is possible.”
It’ll be tricky when Barcelona go away to the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday night, even without Sevilla’s noisy support.
“That might benefit us, but it’ll depend on how the game goes,” Setien said of the closed doors factor.
“It’s true that the fans at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan push the team on a lot.
“We’re playing the third-placed team away and it will be difficult.
“We’ll have to have a great game.
“Winning it would be great for our confidence, but of course that wouldn’t be definitive in terms of the title race.”
One of the highlights from the win over Leganes on Tuesday was the performance off the bench of Riqui Puig and Setien was asked about the 20-year-old.
“I congratulated him for the minutes he had the other day,” Setien said.
“It’s a shame he couldn’t score.
“He came on and was active and I’ll be keeping him in mind for the future.
“If he deserves them then he’ll be given more minutes.”
Another big talking point of the press conference was the new format with which the 2019/20 Champions League will be completed.
“I think it’s worse, but for all teams and not just Barcelona,” the coach said of the fact that matches are set to be played in Lisbon and as single-leg ties.
“With two legs you can fix an accident.
“But this is what UEFA has decided and we must adapt.
“There are many new circumstances and this is just another one.
“[As for the pending second leg vs Napoli], we’d like to play that at our stadium because otherwise there is an advantage for the opponent since they got to play the first leg in their stadium and with fans.”