Pep Guardiola has admitted that Barcelona simply have no room for error as they strive to emulate their treble success of 2009. The Blaugrana have already set up a Copa del Rey final showdown with Athletic Bilbao but they currently trail Real Madrid by four points in La Liga. Barcelona will continue their pursuit of Real Madrid as they go in search of an 11th successive Primera Division victory at Levante tonight.
Guardiola has repeatedly claimed that he does not foresee Barca holding onto their domestic crown and his view has not changed in that regard, even though they were 10 points behind Los Blancos as recently as last month. “Is winning the Liga still possible? You know what I think: We’ll just try to stay in contention for as long as we can,” he told reporters yesterday. “But if we make a mistake, we’re out, both in the league and in Europe.”
Barcelona travel to Stamford Bridge next Wednesday but with a trip to Valencia to take on Levante to squeeze in before then, Guardiola insists that the Champions League is the last thing on his mind at the moment. “We can’t think about the game against Chelsea just yet,” he insisted. “The only way to do a good job is to go game by game.”