Ronaldinho believes his former club Barcelona can make a comeback and overtake Real Madrid in the LaLiga title race…despite Xavi’s side being 15 POINTS behind their Clasico rivals!
- Ronaldinho believes Barcelona can still win the LaLiga title this season
- Barcelona are 15 points behind Real Madrid, but still have two games in hand
- Ronaldinho praised the impact his former team-mate Xavi has made
Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho believes his old side is still capable of winning the LaLiga title this season.
Barcelona are currently in third place, 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid, although they still have two games left.
After experiencing frustration under Ronald Koeman earlier in the season, Barcelona have improved significantly since Ronaldinho’s former team-mate Xavi took charge of the team.
Ronaldinho believes Barcelona is still able to win the LaLiga title this season
Although Barcelona are 12 points behind Real, Ronaldinho thinks they can still win the league
Winning the competition seems like a huge task for Barcelona, especially with Sevilla also in contention, but Ronaldinho believes it is possible.
Ronaldinho, who played for Barcelona between 2003 and 2008, told Mundo Deportivo: “We are delighted that Barca are playing well again and I think anything is possible.
“I hope so and as a fan I hope it goes well and I think it’s possible” [a comeback]†
Ronaldinho also spoke highly of Xavi and the impact he has made by bringing Barcelona back to playing with flair.
He said, “Xavi has returned and has brought us hope. As my friend and ex-teammate, this excites people and me too.
“When he played, he already had a vision of the game as a coach.
‘He led the game and I see it very well’ [in his coaching] also because he makes us want to watch Barca games again.’
Ronaldinho won LaLiga in 2004-05 and 2005-06, while also winning the Champions League in 2006,
Ronaldinho praised Barcelona manager Xavi for helping the club rediscover their identities
Xavi signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres in the January transfer window, while Adama Traore was loaned from Wolves.
Barcelona took a 4-0 win over Real last month, with Aubameyang scoring a brace, while Ronald Araujo and Torres were also on the scoresheet.
In addition to their domestic performances, Barcelona are also still active in the Europa League, drawing 1-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their draw in the Round of 16.
On Sunday, Barcelona return to LaLiga action with an away game against relegated Levante.
Real Madrid beat Levante 2-0 at home on Saturday thanks to goals from Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez.
Barcelona have certainly rediscovered their identity under Xavi, which bodes well for the future, but it will be difficult for them to overtake Real given it’s late in the season.