After Barcelona’s 3-2 La Liga victory over Valencia, assistant coach Alfred Schreuder praised his team’s tenacity.
The Blaugrana held off a late fightback from the hosts, thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the second half.
With the win, the Catalan giants gain no ground on their title rivals ahead of a tense end-of-season run later this month.
Schreuder, who is filling in for Ronald Koeman during his two-game touchline suspension, was pleased with the team’s late response.
“We have shown character and the reaction has been good,” he told a post match interview with Marca.
“We are alive in the title race and it very close.
“We do not look at others, we look at ourselves.
“Next week will not be a final match, there will be four more left and we trust our players to win La Liga.
“We have reduced the gap to Atlético since January and we have competed well these last three months.
“The past cannot be changed, and now we look to the Atletico game. We have a lot still in our hands.”
Next weekend, Barcelona will host Diego Simeone’s league leaders at the Camp Nou, while Real Madrid will host fourth-placed Sevilla at the Bernabeu.
From then until the end of the season, Koeman’s side will travel to Levante and Eibar, with a home game against Celta Vigo sandwiched in between.
Source: Football Espana