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Jan 27, 2009

Puyol: Barcelona treble will be "very difficult"

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has played down talk of a treble this season, insisting that winning the Primera Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey will be "very difficult".

With 26 wins and only three defeats in their 33 competitive matches so far this term, Barca are looking unstoppable and it is no surprise to hear talk of the Catalan giants claiming a trophy hat-trick at the end of the campaign.

However, Puyol is preaching caution, pointing out there is still a long way to go before they claim even one title, let alone three.

"We are aware that this (the treble) is all a long way off and we still haven't won anything. The treble is very difficult. For example, in the cup you have a bad game and you are out," Puyol told Radio Marca.

The Spain centre-back did have a word of warning for rival teams expecting Barca to go through a sticky spell in the coming months though, suggesting they may have already had theirs.

"All teams go through bad patches yes, (but) we've already been through ours, in the first two weeks of the season when we lost and we drew," said Puyol, referring to the early matches against Numancia and Racing Santander.

Barca's clearest path to success this season undoubtedly appears to be in the league, where they currently boast a 12-point advantage over second-placed Real Madrid, who in turn are three points clear of Sevilla in third.

Puyol insists Barca are not underestimating the threat still posed by arch rivals Madrid though, with the two-time reigning champions enjoying a resurgence under new coach Juande Ramos.

"You have to respect them, they are a great team who have won five successive games. The important thing are the points, they give you confidence and with confidence comes good play," he added.

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