Despite Barcelona’s eight-point lead at the top of La Liga, Xavi says that Real Madrid are the favourites to win the league this season.
“They [Real Madrid] are still the favourites because they are the reigning La Liga and Champions League champions. I don’t see us as favourites, I see us as candidates. I know and we know that Real Madrid will continue to compete until the end,” Xavi said in quotes reported by La Vanguardia.
“There have been historic comebacks, we mustn’t get carried away but we know we are in a privileged position.”
The Catalan coach added: “Although nothing is definitive, we like being leaders and have played very well in the last two matches. We have to enjoy it and prepare for Sunday, when we have an important game at La Cerámica against Villarreal. Real Madrid lost there”.
His Barcelona side have gone 16 weeks without defeat and have picked up 15 clean sheets. “I don’t know if we are the most reliable team but we are in great form. La Liga is a long-distance race, we have to keep working with humility. I’m particularly happy but I’m already thinking about Villarreal.”
Kieran Quaile | GSFN