No room for error for Barcelona

11 May 2021 20:02:28 GMTPlus10

Ronald Koeman says Barcelona must not slip up at Levante but admits that their title hopes are now out of their hands.

Barca head for Levante in third place in La Liga having missed out on the chance to go top on Saturday when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by leaders Atletico Madrid.

It means Atletico have a two-point cushion over Barcelona and Real Madrid with just three rounds of games to go.

Atletico's trio of fixtures look winnable – they are at home to Real Sociedad before signing off against Osasuna and Valladolid – but Koeman says all he can do is focus on Barcelona's run-in.

The Catalans welcome Celta Vigo to Camp Nou on Sunday and head for Eibar for their final game, but their coach has eyes only for Levante, who have failed to win seven of their last eight matches but are safe from the threat of relegation.

"That's all I can think about – that's all I can control," Koeman told reporters. "We are going to fight until the last minute to win this league. It is not in our hands and we cannot make any mistakes."

Koeman admitted that he started watching Sunday's crunch showdown between Real Madrid and Sevilla – which ended 2-2, costing Zinedine Zidane's men the chance to leapfrog Atletico – but was too nervous to see it through to its conclusion.

"I saw the first 20 minutes of Madrid and then [turned to] Milan against Juventus because it makes me a little nervous to watch," he added.

Barcelona are 1.18 to win at Levante, who are 13.00 to further damage the Blaugrana's title hopes. The draw is 7.50.

Barca are 51.00 to win the title this season.

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