Setien’s squad played 0-0 at Seville on Friday, giving Madrid a chance to join them at 65 points when they attend Real Sociedad.
Setien admitted that Real will lose points at the end of the LaLiga season
Barcelona boss Quique Setien disagreed with Gerard Pique and believes that Real Madrid will lose points at the end of the LaLiga season. Setien’s squad played 0-0 at Seville on Friday, giving Madrid a chance to join them at 65 points when they attend Real Sociedad. Gerard said it was tough to see Madrid dropping points in the remaining nine games, but Setien disagreed. “I think that about Pique is a disappointment at the moment. We were very sure because we had 30 first minutes at the beginning of the game, and then we got confused,” he said via AS. “In the second half, we lost the balls that gave them life. Tomorrow he will probably think differently because he is sure that Madrid will not win every match.”
Winning over Sociedad, Real will move to the top of the table
A victory over Sociedad on Sunday will send Madrid to the top of the table thanks to their H2H record against Barcelona after their victory at El Clasico in March. But Setien, whose side on Tuesday takes Athletic Bilbao, remaining upbeat. “The opponents always have something to say. There are very tough confrontations, and we must be optimistic,” he said: “We are not dependent on ourselves, but you must be optimistic”. Barcelona was on top in the early stages against Sevilla, but Jules Kounde from the latter, who drilled a shot widely early. Then the two players of Sevilla needed to stop Leo Messi from a free-kick at the edge of the penalty area at a 20-minute mark.
One man match
Messi stepped up, and his shot beat the wall and might have beaten Tomas Vaclik too, but the goalkeeper was done a favor by Jules Kounde, who cleared the ball from the line with a flicked header above the bar. Messi checked Vaclik a few minutes later with the next free-kick, and the goalkeeper was comfortable a second time. Inevitably in the spotlight, Messi escaped punishment for having stalled Diego Carlos in the first half-time after the defender of the hosts had overgrown with Suarez. Marc-Andre ter Stegen came to the rescue of Barcelona at the beginning of the second half from the excellent side to refuse Lucas Ocampos, holding the goalkeeper’s steady left hand while keeping out a thunderous shot from a tight angle to the right of the goal.
The German thwarted Munir a few minutes later, pushing back the vicious left-footed strike. Vaclik overturned another Messi free-kick over his crossbar in the full stretch. As the game entered its final 20 minutes before Jordi Alba made a key block at the other end. As Sevilla launched a three-on-one breakaway raid. Ocampos drew salvation from Ter Stegen with a low kick. Still, neither side was able to pave the way for the goal successfully. Sergio Reguilon could not correctly get a close blow at the death, much to the relief of Barcelona.