Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes his crew can not manage to pay for to drop any greater points after their lead at the pinnacle of the Primera department become cut to a few points following a 1-0 defeat at actual Sociedad.
Defeats to real Madrid and real Sociedad in the beyond seven days have seen Barca’s 9-point benefit over 2d-located Atletico Mad rid reduce to three with six video games final, whilst real path the Catalans by way of four points.
“It’s obvious we are able to’t lose any extra factors now, we weren’t at our excellent in recent games and this league can be gained by means of the most steady crew in the remaining video games,” Luis Enrique stated.
The teach also insisted his team have been no longer approximately to panic after allowing Atletico and actual returned into the identify race.
“No-one’s going to go away here crying. We’ll get out of it through changing the entirety and thinking about what we can do,” he said. “final yr at this degree we were simplest two points above the second crew with a worse head-to-head.”
Mikel Oyarzabal scored the most effective purpose of the game after five minutes and Barcelona, lacking top scorer Luis Suarez and starting with out Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba, failed to respond, dropping for the fifth consecutive time at Anoeta.
In Italy’s Serie A, 2nd-located Napoli brought the gap between them and Serie A leaders Juventus go into reverse to 6 points with six rounds of fits to move thanks to a three-zero domestic win over rock-bottom Hellas Verona. The hosts were dominant from the off and had already hit the submit two times while Manolo Gabbiadini put them in advance in the thirty third minute, changing a header at the comply with-up after Jose Callejon’s first-time shot become parried by means of Pierluigi Gollini.
Matters then have become even extra tough for Verona within the final seconds of the primary half as Samuel Souprayen become despatched off for a foul in the field on Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne buried the resulting penalty.
Napoli – with out top-scorer Gonzalo Higuain – brought a 3rd within the seventieth minute through Callejon’s close-variety end from a cutback with the aid of alternative Omar El Kaddouri.
Some other place, fifth-positioned Fiorentina’s chances of making the Champions League spots have been dented another time as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Tuscan rivals Empoli.