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Is it possible for Barcelona to lose the Primera Liga?

February 10, 2009

Barcelona look unstoppable this season but did Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado tempt fate when he said it was crazy to think La Liga was not already in the bag?

Pep Guardiola’s team swept aside Sporting 3-1 on Sunday to make it 10 consecutive league wins.

After Sunday’s game, when Samuel Eto’o’s double took his tally for the season to 21 and Barca’s right-back rapier Daniel Alves scored a screamer of a third, Preciado was full of praise.

“We came (to the Nou Camp) with the idea of frightening them a little, but it was them that frightened us,” he said. “When you are in the stadium you see the true significance of this team. They are the best in the world. They have everything — fighting spirit, physical strength, attitude, play etc. They were far superior to us.

“It’s madness to think they will not win the league. They are a side completely different to any other and I only hope they continue like this.”

With 16 matches left to play, Barca need more than a wobble to lose the top spot in the league. They still have to meet Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on May 3, but could the champions really make a late burst on the rails?

Real have put on an impressive run of form to win seven matches on the trot, and have only conceded one goal along the way.

Under Juande Ramos they have climbed to second from sixth and their 1-0 win over Racing Santander on Saturday has moved them nine points clear of third-placed Sevilla. But the 12-point gap on leaders Barca has not budged an inch.

In the King’s Cup, Barcelona are 2-0 up after the first leg of their semi-final against Real Mallorca. With a domestic double on the cards, what price a treble?

They face Olympique Lyon in the first knockout round of the Champions League later this month, and must be considered favourites to progress to the next stage.

European champions Manchester United, who have completed 13 league matches without conceding a goal, look like the team most capable of threatening a side who have netted 68 goals in 22 league outings.

Guardiola is in his first season as a top flight coach…they have not been unduly affected by injuries ….could it still all go wrong?

PHOTO: Barcelona’s Dani Alves (R) and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Sporting Gijon during their Spanish first division match at the Camp Nou, Feb. 8, 2009. REUTERS/Albert Gea

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Posted by Tom | Report as abusive
 

Barca are m y first and last they will remain first in the La Liga race till ze end. go barca! i l ove Leo send my love to Messi he’s the most terrific ball jugler alive.

Posted by Sipho ngcamphalala | Report as abusive
 

Barça have returned from the dark and the key is Pep Guardiola and his solid Catalan team-building spirit. The backbone of the team are Catalans and have come through the Masia youth system. And the foreign stars are talking about putting down roots.

That all translates to a fine combination of talent and commitment and there is NO chance that any other team will catch Barça in La Liga. Madrid are at 12 points and are playing some pretty dull desperate – Oh, Juande, you’re so sad and untalented!

THe rest of the pack are at 20. Nuff Said!

Whether Barça win the Champions League and La Copa del Rey is another question but La Liga is in the bag . . . and I’m NOT counting my chickens. I watch three or four Liga games a week and as they say in Spain ‘no hay color’.

 

I can’t see Barcelona slipping up. They really are awesome this season, although still room for improvement in some areas. Real Madrid by contrast may have enjoyed seven or eight wins under Ramos, but frankly have being fortunate along the way and are playing no better than at the start of the season. That said Robben is in the best form of his life and Raul is holding the team together.

 

Only if they are kicked out for fielding too many world class players and scoring too many goals.

Posted by Red Devil | Report as abusive
 

barcelona seems damn strong……. the only way to see then not lifting the cup would be to wait for another season. When barca is in such a hilarious form and real who falls in the second spot has lots to go before they sleep, i guess the results are obvious. there was a time when i used to tell “come on MADRID “, but dont know now I just dont wanna tell that in front of others!
but its sure that nothing can beat Manchester United! :)

Posted by Tony | Report as abusive
 

presently Barca are the best in the world, with the best attackers.

http://www.arseguns.blogspot.com

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