Xavi: FC Barcelona manager Xavi has insisted that the eight-point lead they enjoy at the top of the La Liga point table over second-placed Real Madrid ‘means nothing now’ but admitted their win over Sevilla was an ‘important’ one.
Real Madrid slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat to RCD Mallorca in their most recent La Liga fixture. The defeat presented Barcelona with an opportunity to establish an eight-point lead at the top of the La Liga points table when they took on Sevilla.
Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sevilla to go eight points clear of Real Madrid, who are the defending La Liga champions, in the race for the league title.
The victory over Sevilla takes Barcelona’s point tally in the current La Liga campaign to 53 from 20 matches. Real Madrid, meanwhile, have 45 points from 20 matches.
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Xavi reacts to establishing an eight-point lead over Real Madrid in the La Liga title race
Among the teams who sit in the top six of the La Liga points table, it was only Barcelona who did not drop any points in their most recent fixture in the Spanish top flight.
Speaking after the match, Xavi admitted that their win over Sevilla was an important one. “We have a good winning streak going on, which reflects in the point difference. The second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth-placed teams all dropped points this match day. It’s an important win,” Xavi said [via Barca Universal].
Xavi also insisted the eight-point lead over Real Madrid ‘means nothing now’. “We’re eight points clear of Madrid, but that means nothing now. We have to continue,” the Barcelona manager said.
Xavi also said they are happy with their performance against Sevilla but stressed they still have a long way to go in the current campaign.
“We’re happy with the match, but there’s still a long way to go. “It’s important to win matches with comfortable scorelines. We created a lot of chances against a very low block. Things are starting to go well,” Xavi said.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will face Villarreal in their next match in La Liga. The match between Barcelona and Villarreal kicks off at 1:30 am Indian Standard Time on February 13.
The Catalan heavyweights will then square off with Manchester United in the first leg of the Europa League round-of-16 play-off. That match between Manchester United and Barcelona kicks off at 11:15 pm Indian Standard Time on February 16.