Defending champions of La Liga lost the match to Valencia 2-1 in which Lionel Messi managed to score his 500th goal and now their chances of winning La Liga decreases.
In early April Barca led the league by nine points and were on course for a second consecutive La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Cup treble, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid is back in contention for the title.
Real Madrid, whose coach Zinedine Zidane said in February that the title race was over, thrashed Getafe 5-1 away on Saturday and stood just one point behind the leading pair.
February that the title race was over, thrashed Getafe 5-1 away on Saturday and stood just one point behind the leading pair.
An own goal by Barça midfielder Ivan Rakitic put Valencia ahead after 27 minutes at the Camp Nou and Santi Mina added a second just before half-time to stun the Barça supporters.
Luis Enrique Barcelona’s coach said: Feeling sorry for ourselves we won’t win anything.
I think we have criticized ourselves when it has been necessary, but today is not a day to criticize my players, it is a day to congratulate them, he added after Sunday’s game.
In the second half, the players gave a lesson in how to face a situation like this. Until the 93rd minute they were trying to equalize, and that is something to highlight.
We’ve got a marvelous challenge. If we win the five games remaining, we will be champions. If there is a team capable of doing it – and much more given what they have done – it is this Barca.