Dec 23, 2017 at 12pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance: 89,264
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Barcelona

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Carvajal (63')
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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde: 'Title race is not over yet'

Ernesto Valverde: 'Title race is not over'
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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is unwilling to write off the title hopes of La Liga's chasing pack just yet, despite seeing his side extend their lead at the top.

Ernesto Valverde has insisted that there is still work to be done before his Barcelona side can start thinking about La Liga title success.

The Catalan giants took a giant step towards snatching the crown back from Real Madrid by beating the champions 3-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

Victory for Barca moves them nine points clear of closest challengers Atletico Madrid and 14 ahead of fourth-placed Real Madrid, who have one game in hand still to play.

Barca boss Valverde claims that it would be wrong to write off the chasing pack just yet, though, as there is still a long way to go.

Speaking before Valencia dropped three points at home to Villarreal, Valverde told reporters: "The first half of the season is not yet over. We have a gap over our rivals but we do not think about that, just to keep picking up points and moving forward.

"We were able to get past their first line of pressure [in the second half]. It was more difficult in the first half. This is a game in which details, certain moments, can be decisive."

Barcelona return to action on January 4 with a Copa del Rey clash against Celta Vigo at Balaidos.

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CBarcelona38289199297093
2Atletico MadridAtletico382310558223679
3Real Madrid382210694445076
4Valencia38227965382773
5Villarreal38187135750761
6Real Betis38186146061-160
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8Getafe381510134233955
9EibarEibar38149154450-651
10GironaGirona38149155059-951
11Real Sociedad38147176659749
12Celta Vigo381310155960-149
13AlavesAlaves38152214050-1047
14Espanyol381114133542-747
15Levante381113144458-1446
16Athletic Bilbao381014144148-744
17Leganes38127193451-1743
RDeportivo La CorunaDeportivo38611213876-3829
RLas PalmasLas Palmas3857262474-5022
RMalaga3855282461-3720

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