Andres Iniesta has said after Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Villarreal that he is still hopeful the champions can retain the title.
Barca were two goals down to the Yellow Submarine but two own goals and a Lionel Messi strike delivered victory and maintained the gap to leaders Atletico Madrid at four points.
But with three games to play – the last of which is at home to Atletico – Iniesta admitted Barca were running out of time.
Iniesta also lamented Barca’s poor start to the game at El Madrigal and touched on the passing of Tito Vilanova.
“We played almost on fire. Not because the game was bad, it was good, but the goal near the end of the first-half affected us and more so with 2-0,” Sport reports the midfielder as saying.
“This team, if they win or play well, plays football. When it doesn’t, things get complicated.
“After this victory we can hope for the title a little longer but it’s true that with every game there’s less time until the end and it’s increasingly difficult.
“But we know that we can’t fail. If our rivals don’t fail we will congratulate them.
“The death of Tito has affected us very much because he is someone we had known for many years.
“I’ll stick with the example that he always gave us as a person.”