Barcelona coach Xavi talked up the importance of Barcelona’s victory over Atletico Madrid as the LaLiga leaders returned to winning ways on Sunday.
Ferran Torres netted the only goal in a 1-0 win at Camp Nou, bringing an end to a goalless run that included back-to-back goalless draws in the league.
The victory also extended Barca’s commanding lead at the top of LaLiga to 11 points over rivals Real Madrid, who could be forgiven for having their attention elsewhere as they defend their Champions League crown.
With eight games to go, Barca are closing on the title, but Xavi made clear there was work still to be done.
“There is nothing done, although it is exciting,” he said. “Here, nobody feels like a champion, and if someone does, we will tell them that nothing has been done.
“If we lost, they were eight [points back]; it was crucial. Beyond the individualities, we played a very good game. It was crucial to win after two draws, and it’s one more step.”
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Barca’s victory was not as comfortable as it perhaps should have been, with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha among those to miss chances, which Xavi lamented.
“I have the feeling of having wasted opportunities to make it 2-0; they were very clear,” he said. “Rapha’s, Robert’s, one of Gavi’s at the penalty spot.
“In the end, you end up suffering in a game that you deserved to win by more than one goal.”
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