Barcelona president Joan Laporta was ecstatic to leave Mestalla on Sunday evening after the Blaugrana’s 3-2 La Liga remontada victory over Valencia. In comments carried by Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan emphasized his confidence that his team has what it takes to win the league and complete a domestic double.
“I already said before the game against Valencia that if we win the five remaining games we’re convinced we’ll win the league,” he said. “Well, now there are no longer five, now we have four games left to win the title.”
Valencia took the lead in the 50th minute through Gabriel Paulista, only for a quick-fire brace to turn the tie around. In the 57th minute, Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick but scored from the rebound, and five minutes later, Antoine Griezmann scored the Blaugrana’s second goal. In the 69th minute, Messi made it three, with Carlos Soler’s golazo in the 83rd minute serving as a mere consolation.
The result was a positive response to Barcelona’s loss to Granada at Camp Nou on Thursday, and it sets them up nicely for this weekend’s clash with Atletico Madrid. Barcelona is in third place, four points ahead of Sevilla, who are in action tonight. In terms of the future, they are equal with Real Madrid just two points behind Atletico Madrid. The stakes are high.
Source: Football Espana