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Nov 27, 2012

Higuain confident Real can catch Barca

Gonzalo Higuain says Barcelona's 11 point Primera Division lead over his team Real Madrid is not insurmountable, pointing to Madrid's unexpected title success in his first season at the club.

Higuain's first ever Estadio Santiago Bernabeu goal came in a famous 4-3 comeback win over Espanyol in May 2006, a key moment as Fabio Capello's Madrid hauled back long-time leaders Barcelona in the run-in to win the 2006-07 La Liga crown.

The Argentine said he saw no reason why a similar comeback could not take place this campaign.

"There is a long, long way yet to go, you must play against good teams and I have no doubt we have the squad to do it," Higuain said. "It seems crazy, but I have no doubts. We are not just depending on ourselves, we need other results to help us, but we have a squad to fight right till the end and we will do that. When I came into the team we were behind the leader, there were less games left and we managed to take the title."

El Pipita, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury picked up in the first half of Madrid's 2-2 Champions League draw with Borussia Dortmund in early November, said he would not be back for this weekend's derby against Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu, but was confident his team would continue their good run against their city rivals.

"It is still early to think about coming back, it was a serious tear, but things are going well," Higuain said of his injury. "We will do some tests soon and decide when I can come back. The truth is I suffer a lot when I am out because it is not the same as being on the pitch and able to influence things. I suffer a lot. I hope we can keep the unbeaten run against Atletico going so they not get further away from us."

Higuain echoed his boss Jose Mourinho in claiming that Madrid's problems during the loss at Real Betis on Saturday was mostly due to the poor performance of the referee.

"It was a balanced game where we had chances to win," he said. "In two key moments the referee erred, the penalty [for a late Nosa Igiebor handball] and the goal [where Karim Benzema was wrongly flagged offside]. These could have changed the game. It is not an excuse, lots of people saw it. [But] Betis also won because they have a good squad and are having a good season."

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