Gerard Pique admits that the LaLiga title race is heading to the wire after Barcelona scored a five-goal thriller with Valencia, while the top four Barça, Atletico, Real Madrid and Sevilla go head-to-head this weekend.
- Lionel Messi scored twice in the 3-2 win as Barcelona returned to winning ways
- It was vital in the title race after Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid also won
- It leaves Barcelona two points behind Atleti for their game on Saturday
- But Real stays ahead of Barcelona on the basis of a superior personal best
Gerard Pique remains confident that Barcelona can take the title as a 3-2 win against Valencia kept them firmly on the hunt ahead of their crucial clash against La Liga leader Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
A shocking 2-1 defeat to Granada last week seriously questioned their title hopes, but a Lionel Messi-inspired second-half performance against Valencia last night has kept them well within reach of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
With the capital’s teams also winning this weekend, Barcelona are two points behind Atleti, while Ronald Koeman’s side is only behind Los Blancos on an inferior head-to-head record.
Barcelona can lead league-leader Atletico Madrid if they beat them on Saturday
It makes for a scrumptious football weekend in La Liga this weekend, with Barcelona hosting Diego Simeone’s men, before Real Madrid host Sevilla in fourth place – a side that is also doing well.
Whatever happens over the weekend, Pique has vowed to fight until the last day of the season, while the team wants to reclaim the title they last won in the 2018/19 season.
Lionel Messi (right) and Antoine Griezmann (left) scored in their 3-2 win against Valencia
‘We keep fighting. The goal is to be there at the end of the season, ‘said Pique in the interview after the game.
‘The only focus now is on playing and winning Atletico. We have to beat them anyway and then there is Real Madrid v Sevilla.
“I hope we will be leaders next weekend, but even if someone else is, I wouldn’t set my hand on fire for them as champions.”
Diego Simeone (left) celebrates as Atlético Madrid beat Elche 1-0 to keep the lead over La Liga