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Ronald Koeman already concedes La Liga title race for Barcelona

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There is still more than half of the season to play, but Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has already almost conceded the La Liga title race, illustrating how far the club have fallen after a disastrous 2020.

An injured Lionel Messi watched from the stands as struggling Eibar frustrated Barca at Camp Nou on Tuesday night. The visitors took the lead in the second half, before Ousmane Dembele recovered Koeman’s side tied. But that’s how it stayed.

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Barcelona struggled without Lionel Messi | PAU BARRENA / Getty Images

Barca missed the opportunity to jump to third place by failing to win and have been victorious in less than half of their 15 La Liga appearances this season. Leaders Atletico Madrid are already seven points ahead and have two matches in the pipeline, including their first on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid are also seven points better off, while Barca languish in fifth.

Much could still change in a very short period of time, but Koeman, who inherited Barcelona’s worst team in a generation, already seems to be giving up and throwing in the towel.

“I’m a realist, winning the title is complicated. Nothing is impossible, but we have to recognize the distance ”, said the Dutchman quoted by Marca.

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Koeman thinks catching up with Atletico will be too difficult | Alex Caparros / Getty Images

“Atletico looks very good to me. They are very strong and they don’t concede a lot of goals.

TV cameras regularly focused on Messi during the match to gauge his reaction to his team-mates’ struggles and the six-time Ballon d’Or was seen shaking his head and walking away with his head bowed when the final whistle blew. sounded.

Messi recently admitted that he has yet to decide on his future at Barcelona and will decide if he wants to stay or leave at the end of the season. His contract expires in June and if he decides for the second consecutive summer that he wants to go, it will be as a free agent.

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