Real Madrid have won five LaLiga Santander matches in a row to propel themselves into second place and into the title race, but there isn’t any panic at Barcelona.
Those in the Blaugrana dressing room have always spoken about Real Madrid being a threat and they always suspected they could become a factor in the title race.
At the Camp Nou, they’re simply pleased to have such a large lead at this stage in the season, with six points separating the leaders from Los Blancos.
Even though they’ve dropped points in their past two matches and even though they appear to have a tougher run-in on paper, this is still a very sizable lead for February and Barcelona have never let a league title slip when they’ve led in such a way at this stage of a campaign.
Not only are they ahead by six points, but they could also claim the head-to-head tiebreaker if they avoid a loss by four goals or more in the second Clasico of the league season, given that they won the first one 5-1.
Those at Barcelona are convinced that they have what it takes to pick up enough points in the final few months of the season and there is a belief that they have better depth and are less fatigued than in some previous seasons.
Ousmane Dembele’s emergence is one reason for optimism, while they still expect Philippe Coutinho to turn in good performances during the final weeks of the campaign.
Real Madrid may have momentum, but at Barcelona they’re still happy to have the lead.