Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 1: Race not over, says Guardiola
Barca boss says La Liga title race is still on despite his side holding an eight-point lead with six games to go
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola insists the La Liga title race is not yet over despite his side preserving their eight-point lead with a 1-1 draw in Saturday night’s El ClÃƒÂ¡sico.
He said: “A draw at the Bernabeu is a good result and I am happy with how we played, although maybe we could have done better at 1-0.
“I don’t think we are league champions [yet] as we have to play against teams that are still fighting for their lives.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 53rd-minute spot-kick as the two sides shared the spoils in what was the first of four El ClÃƒÂ¡sico clashes in the space of 17 days.
Messi coolly converted his spot-kick to put his side in front and net his 49th goal of the season after Madrid defender Raul Albiol was sent off hauling down David Villa.
But Madrid drew level eight minutes from time when Ronaldo fired home his penalty after Marcelo was adjudged to have been fouled by Victor Valdes.
Real Manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Barcelona and admitted a difficult task was made “impossible” after his side were reduced to 10 men.
“It was very even with 11 players against 11,” said Mourinho. “It was two teams that respect each other and know how powerful the other one is.
“It was mission impossible to play with 10 men for so long against a team that are, without doubt, the best team in the world in possession.”
The two Spanish giants next face each other in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla on Wednesday.