Guti mocks Barcelona on Twitter after Valencia defeat

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Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti didn’t waste the opportunity to take a thinly-veiled dig at Barcelona on Twitter last night.

Barça suffered their third consecutive defeat, this time against Valencia at Camp Nou, leaving the title race wide open.

And Guti, knowing full well his tweet would delight Real Madrid supporters but infuriate the Barcelona faithful, poked fun at Luis Enrique’s side by posting a controversial tweet.


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"Now you really are falling asleep [with your former lead]," Guti implied, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Guti posted a similar tweet after Barcelona were beaten by Real Sociedad earlier this month. It’s clear that the 39-year-old is enjoying the recent turn of events at the top of the table in La Liga.

La Liga title race hots up

Following Barcelona’s surprise defeat against Los Che, Atletico Madrid are now level on points with the reigning Spanish champions but find themselves in second place by virtue of their inferior head-to-head record.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are now only one point behind Barcelona and Atletico in third position with five matches remaining.

In order to enter this weekend’s round of fixtures on top of the pile, Barcelona will probably need to secure maximum points against Deportivo at the Riazor on Wednesday.

On the same night Atletico take on Athletic Bilbao, while Real Madrid go head-to-head with Villarreal.

Luis Enrique praises players after Valencia defeat

Rather than criticise his players after another defeat, Luis Enrique decided to praise them and was not impressed with the manner of Valencia’s victory.

"The game started with the difficulties of the run that we are on, games from experience that are very difficult to play, to plan, but I think the team had a magnificent response," Enrique was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Sport.

"The first-half was a complete performance, lots of clear chances and without the luck we need to put the game on track. We needed that start to the game and to get the first goal, but the when you see that dynamic and that you don't have luck in front of goal it is much more difficult.

"After the first goal, the second came just before half-time. At half-time we tried to look at the positives, which there were plenty of. I think in overall play we were much superior to Valencia in every aspect, apart from effectiveness in both areas.

"I think we played a very good second-half, perhaps at the end with more head than heart but we still had five or six very clear chances and it wasn't to be. We miss out on three points which I think we deserved to win, but football is like this.

"It is a fickle sport that allows you to win without barely attacking. You have to know how to lose when you lose and now we have a marvellous challenge, five games in which if we win them all we are champions. It is a unique challenge, difficult for the situation we are in."

When asked about individual performances, he added: "It's not a day to criticise the players, it's a day to praise them."

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