Coach Quique Setien in Barcelona disagreed with Gerard Pique and believes that Real Madrid will drop points late in the season at La Liga.
On Friday, Setien’s men held a 0-0 draw in Seville, allowing Madrid to join them at 65 points when they visited Real Sociedad.
Pique said Madrid’s falling points in their remaining nine games were hard to see but Setien disagreed.
“I think the frustration of the moment is about Pique. We were very confident because at the beginning of the game we had 30 very good minutes and then we got messy,” he said, via AS.
“We have lost balls in the second half which gave them life. He will think differently tomorrow because I’m sure Madrid won’t win it all,” he added.
Due to their head-to-head record against Barcelona following their El Clasico triumph in March, a win against Sociedad on Sunday will put Madrid top of the table.
But Setien, whose side host on Tuesday at Athletic Bilbao, remains upbeat.
Barcelona was on top in the early stages against Seville but it was the latter’s Jules Kunde who drilled a shot wide early.
It then took two players from Seville to stop Lionel Messi at a 20-minute mark at the expense of a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.
Messi stepped up and his shot beat the wall and might have beaten Tomas Vaclik too, but Kunde, who cleared the ball from nearly on a line with a flicked header over the bar, did a favor to the goalkeeper.
Messi checked Vaclik moments later with another free-kick and the second time around the goalkeeper was more confident.
Inevitably in the middle of proceedings, after the home defender fouled Suarez, Messi avoided retribution for shooting Diego Carlos to the ground in the first half-stop period.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen came to the rescue in Barcelona with a fine parry early in the second half to deny Lucas Ocampos, the strong left hand of the goalkeeper holding out a thunderous shot from a tight angle to the right of the goal.