Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman said the race for the LaLiga title will be close following Sunday’s demolition of Real Sociedad.
Lionel Messi made history as he led Barcelona to a 6-1 thrashing of Sociedad – a result that moved the Catalan giants within four points of leaders Atletico Madrid.
Messi – in his club-record 768th appearance in all competitions – scored twice, Sergino Dest had a brace, while Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele also struck for the visitors.
As Barca loom large with 10 matches remaining, Koeman told reporters: “I think the win sends an important message – but mostly to ourselves. It shows the team is comfortable and confident in its own abilities.
“Physically we’re in a strong place as well and we’ve improved a lot but it doesn’t mean today’s result and performance will be replicated in future games.
“There’s still a lot of games left to play in LaLiga but we are still behind Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have also improved.
“They are much stronger as well. It’s going to be a tough fight until the last game of the season. Therefore, we have to keep going game by game.”
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