‪Guardiola plays down Barca title hopes‬

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‪Pep Guardiola admits it will be difficult for Barcelona to catch Real Madrid despite his side moving to within four points of the La Liga leaders at the weekend.‬

‪The Catalans won 4-1 at Real Zaragoza on Saturday while Jose Mourinho’s side were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu.‬

‪Real, who were ten points clear in March, have now drawn three of their last five league games and still have to travel to the Nou Camp on April 21.‬

‪But despite closing to within striking distance of their arch rivals, Guardiola has played down his side's title hopes.‬

‪"They can drop points, but we cannot,” he said. “It's a lot more difficult now than when we were behind by 10 points.‬

‪“It appears as though we already have the title, but four points is a lot against this Madrid. There's a lot of work to do.

“No team in the history of the league have fought back to overturn a 10-point lead against Madrid.”‬

‪He added: “The three points against Madrid are by no means won. Madrid are coming and we're aware that we can lose the three points."‬

‪The Barca manager is sweating on the fitness of defenders Gerard Pique and Dani Alves ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Getafe.‬

‪“They are both doubtful,” the 41-year-old revealed. “At this moment they are not match fit."‬

‪Victory at the Nou Camp will reduce the deficit at the top to one point, if only for 24 hours, with Madrid facing a difficult trip to local rivals Atletico on Wednesday.‬

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