FC Barcelona surrendered their 2-0 first half lead to earn a draw at Roman Sanchez Pizjuan against Sevilla on Saturday. A late equalizer from Kevin Gameiro helped Unai Emerya s men to extend their unbeaten run at home to 24 matches. This draw is seen as a blow to the title hopes of the Catalans but Luis Enrique said after the game that he is not aware about the potential impact as is he is a bad at mathsa .
Leo Messi scored a wonderful goal in the 14th minute to put FC Barcelona ahead, which was followed by a brilliantly taken free-kick by Neymar. Rampant Blaugrana dominated the proceedings of entire first half with their excellent display of attacking football but an error from Claudio Bravo gave Sevilla a ray of hope for the second half.
FC Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo made an error in saving the long range shot of Ever Banega and Sevilla capitalised on that goal as they looked much more organized in the second half. Carlos Bacca missed couple of great opportunities to equalise in the second half and coach Unai Emery substituted him with Kevin Gameiro.
This moved of the coach paid an immediate dividend as the striker scored a goal through a brilliant counter attack masterminded by another substitute, Jose Antonio Reyes.
FC Barcelona have opened a window of opportunity for Real Madrid in the title race after this draw but Luis Enrique feels otherwise. The Catalan coach believes that the title wona t get decided until the 38th game.
“I’ve no idea,” Luis Enrique said. “I’m bad at maths. Until the end of matchday 38, I do not know how it will end. As of matchday 31, we are the leaders.a
a Ita s too bad that we had our lead shortened. That goal opened the game.
a The second half was more balanced, with chances for both teams. Then we made a a a mistake and paid for it.
a When we concede a goal, it bothers me, regardless of how ita s [conceded], but we remain confident leaders [in the League] and want to improve our performance levels.a
FC Barcelona striker Neymar looked visibly upset with his substitution in the second half but Luis Enrique slammed the attitude of the player in his press conference.
“I am not interested in talking about this kind of nonsense,” Luis Enrique told reporters.
“It is becoming fashionable to do this and it’s nonsense. I am interested in the team winning and this sort of thing is simply uninteresting.a