Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque reckons that it will be very hard for Barcelona to catch Real Madrid in La Liga.
The Catalan giants find themselves 10 points adrift of Real Madrid in the table after suffering a 3-2 defeat against Osasuna at the weekend.
"Madrid are 10 points ahead of Barca, which in times like these is a lot," Del Bosque told reporters.
"But there are still many matches left to play in the competition."
Del Bosque, who revealed last week he plans to retire when his Spain contract expires, was non-committal when asked about the venue of the Copa del Rey final, between Barca and Athletic Bilbao.
"The Copa final is the most attractive match for the players and for the fans, so the best possible venue is what everyone wants," he noted.
"This is a matter for the [Spanish Football] Federation and also of the clubs involved in the game."