Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola does not believe that his side has any chance of retaining its La Liga title, insisting that catching Real Madrid is "impossible".
The Blaugrana have managed to close to within eight points of league leaders Real Madrid after a weekend in which the Catalans cruised to a 2-0 win at Sevilla before Los Blancos conceded a last-gasp equalizer to Santi Cazorla in a 1-1 draw with Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu.
There are those that believe that the title race is now very much back on, particularly those affiliated with the Camp Nou club, but Guardiola is adamant that Barca is already out of the running.
"It is difficult to see them losing more games," the former Spain international told reporters at a press conference on Monday evening. "I still don't think we will win the league. Mathematically it is possible but I do not think we will make it.
"If I did a press conference every month I would change my opinion. But not now. I said what I said three days ago. It's impossible. It has not changed."
Still, Guardiola is desperate to see his side maintain its winning run against Granada on Tuesday night.
The former Blaugrana B team coach is calling for a 90-minute performance at Camp Nou after seeing his troops ease off a tad after moving two goals up inside 30 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday night.
"The reality is that we have to compete well tomorrow [Tuesday]," Guardiola declared. "We have to play like we did in the first half hour against Sevilla."
Guardiola has led Barca to 13 titles since succeeding Frank Rijkaard as coach in the summer of 2008.
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