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Guardiola not expecting to catch Real

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has taken a pragmatic view on the La Liga weekend that saw his side close the gap on leaders Real Madrid, claiming he does not believe Los Blancos can be caught.

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Santi Cazorla's stoppage-time equaliser for Malaga prevented Real from extending their 11-match winning streak on Sunday and ensured Barca made up some ground at the top of the Primera Division after their 2-0 win at Sevilla 24 hours earlier.

Jose Mourinho's side are still eight points clear at the top of the table with 11 matches remaining, though their title resolve would certainly be tested if Barca were to beat them at Camp Nou next month.

However, Guardiola appeared keen to play down the reigning champions' hopes of reeling in Real, ahead of Barca's meeting with Granada this Tuesday.

"I can't deny that it's better to be eight points behind than 10 and tomorrow we have to come out and compete again," Guardiola said. "[But] I still think that we won't win the league."

"I am delighted that the fans and the players think we can do it. It's nice to have that hope. But it will be very hard to win all 11 games we have left and they [Real] will drop very few points.

"This is the first time we are coming from behind, but the point is that we are coming from a long way back and all the teams have a lot at stake."

Barca's away form has cost them this season, but they do look to have an easier run-in, with Real still to play tough away games at Athletic Bilbao and city rivals Atletico Madrid, as well as home matches against Valencia and Sevilla.


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