Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen said the team were well aware that the club’s scintillating form this season is not guarantee of success.
The Primera Liga leaders have had their advantage over Real Madrid halved to six points since mid-February and Gudjohnsen said coach Pep Guardiola and his side were fully expecting to be pushed all the way by the reigning champions.
“To win titles you have to suffer right down to the wire,” the Iceland international said on Barca’s website. “There are people who think we are playing better than Real but the team who play the best football do not always win.”
Real skipper Raul acknowledged that Real were relying on their arch rivals slipping up but insisted there was still a good chance for the club to claim a third successive title.
“If Barcelona continue to play at their current level all we’ll have left to do at the end of the season is congratulate them,” the striker said on the club’s website.
“But they have to come and play here (at the Bernabeu) and if they wobble before then we will be a little bit closer.”