Former Barcelona star Gaizka Mendieta spoke about the challenge Barcelona face in the upcoming days, insisting that the League is not over yet.
A man who lost two consecutive UEFA Champions League Finals against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich during his time with Valencia will have realized the importance of closing out a tournament. This is the reason why Mendieta has a key message for Barcelona, who is currently at the top of the La Liga charts by 11 points.
With the likes of both Atletico Madrid and even Real Madrid slowly catching up, the Catalan giants need to make sure their lead is solid for the next eight odd games. Especially given the fact that the next few weeks will be crucial for them, with appearances in the Champions League against Chelsea and league ties against Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal and even Real Madrid.
“It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”- Mendieta
The former Spanish midfielder has sent out a warning message to the Catalonian giants saying, “With the UEFA Champions League and the King’s Cup still to go, the games will come thick and fast, Barcelona must pace themselves out on the final stretch,”. In the absence of Lionel Messi, who had to attend the birth of his new-born child, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho helped Barcelona to a 2-0 win against Malaga in the League yesterday.
Mendieta also went on to speak about Brazilian talisman Neymar leaving the club for Paris Saint Germain last summer saying it wasn’t easy to adapt initially, “Barcelona under Ernesto Valverde had to adjust their game this year after Neymar left, which is, of course, a big void to fill. Even though Real Madrid is not in the vicinity, one cannot discount Atletico Madrid or the likes of Valencia and Sevilla who can hurt Lionel Messi and co.” added the 43-year-old.
Having spent just one season at the Camp Nou, Mendieta helped Barcelona finish sixth in the Spanish League, and explained, “This is the toughest part of the full season, and when you are a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid not winning trophies is considered criminal.”
Mendieta speaks nothing but the truth, it is too early to call anything at the moment, a season should be reviewed after each and every game is complete. Although Barcelona has almost bagged the La Liga, their aim would be to win the Champions League as well as the King’s Cup to complete another treble; something they can rub in the faces of their fiercest rivals Real Madrid.