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Xavi optimistic Barcelona can still win LaLiga title

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Barcelona head coach Xavi and captain Sergio Busquets have both not ruled out a remarkable late title push after their stunning 4-0 Clasico victory.

The Blaugrana overwhelmed league-leading Real Madrid with a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang along with strikes from Ronald Araujo and Ferran Torres at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The victory means third-placed Barcelona have 54 points from 28 games, but still trail Madrid by 12 points although the Catalans do have a game in hand.

But Barcelona have been buoyed by an exceptional turnaround in form since Xavi’s arrival as boss along with their flurry of January transfers which have boosted the side.

The Blaugrana are on a 10-match unbeaten streak in LaLiga while they have won their past five league games.

Barcelona has a record of eight wins and three draws from 11 matches in all competitions since the closure of the January transfer window too, offering them momentum.

“I don’t know if we can win the title, we can’t rule out anything,” Xavi told reporters after the Clasico. “Maybe we’re a bit late, but this is a very big win for us.

“We were much better than Real Madrid. We played almost as a home team in the the ground. It’s a day to enjoy, not only as a Barca manager but also a fan.

“We could easily have scored five or six. We changed our negative dynamic of losing the last few Clasicos.”

Busquets reiterated Xavi’s sentiment that Barca retained some title hope, albeit small.

“If we still have a small chance to make a run for the title, we will fight until the end,” the 33-year-old midfielder said. “It’s very difficult but in football anything can happen. We are Barca.”

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