Sergio Busquets fumes as Barcelona’s LaLiga title hopes are ‘practically OVER’ after thrilling 3-3 with Levante… and boss Ronald Koeman concedes ‘questions are being asked’ over his Nou Camp future after collapse
- REPORT: Barcelona blow chance to go top of LaLiga after thrilling Levante draw
- Midfielder Sergio Busquets conceded that their title hopes are ‘practically over’
- The 3-3 draw has handed the advantage to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid
- Ronald Koeman accepted ‘questions are being asked’ regarding his future
Barcelona’s hopes of winning LaLiga this season are ‘practically over’ in the eyes of midfielder Sergio Busquets following a damaging 3-3 draw with Levante.
The Catalan side had the opportunity to temporarily go top of the table but they threw away a two-goal lead at the Estadi Ciutat de València and paid the price as they returned with one point, instead of three.
For Busquets, who has won eight LaLiga titles in his time at Barcelona, the damage is likely now irreparable with two games remaining.
Sergio Busquets offered a damning assessment of Barcelona’s bid to win LaLiga this season
Boss Ronald Koeman accepted ‘questions are being asked’ of his future at Barcelona
‘We don’t have much of a chance now,’ Busquets told Spanish TV station Movistar.
‘It will depend on our rivals, but this is our own fault, [bad] decisions, a lack of concentration. We concede goals too easily.
‘We don’t feel good because it was always going to be difficult, but we wanted to put pressure on those at the top. We had the lead, but as has happened this season, [Levante] scored goals too easily.
‘The point doesn’t mean much because that’s the league practically over for us. We’ve dropped too many points to fight for the title.’
Levante equalised at 3-3 when striker Sergio Leon netted at the near post in the 83rd minute
Lionel Messi had played well but it was a disappointing end and a major opportunity missed
It has handed a big advantage to Atletico Madrid, who currently sit top, ahead of their match with Real Sociedad on Wednesday.
Diego Simeone’s side can open up a four-point gap on Barcelona with a win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Barcelona appear to have run out of steam at the worst possible time having won just one of their last four LaLiga matches during the run-in.
As well as the draw with Levante, Barcelona were beaten at home by Granada as well as being held 0-0 at the Nou Camp by Atletico.
Manager Ronald Koeman had talked in recent weeks about staying at Barcelona next season but this latest collapse has brought his future into sharp focus.
On Monday he suggested his position is safe to see out the second year of his two-year contract but the draw with Levante raises doubts over his capabilities to take this squad to a title.
Busquets has lost hope of now lifting the title with just two matches remaining this season
‘As a coach you are the most responsible,’ the ex-Southampton and Everton boss conceded after the 3-3 draw.
‘Coaches are always questioned. I understand that questions are being asked. I understand perfectly. We are very disappointed with the result.’
Lionel Messi’s superb volley was added to by Pedri, only for Gonzalo Melero and Jose Morales to draw Levante level before Dembele and Leon traded goals.
Koeman said on the game: ‘We were good in the first half but in the second half we lost a lot of dangerous balls, we lowered the intensity. We made a lot of mistakes in defence. We were not attentive.
‘The games last 90 minutes and we lost a lot in the second half. It is very disappointing. It is difficult to explain what has happened.
‘We were 0-2. You don’t expect a draw.’
Koeman has one-year remaining on his deal at the Nou Camp but there are doubts over his stay
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