Iniesta explains why Barcelona failed to beat 'difficult' Getafe

Iniesta explains why Barcelona failed to beat 'difficult' Getafe”

Diego Simeone's team hasn't been this close to the lead since past year, when the gap was at six points in the 16th round.

Ernesto Valverde's side remains unbeaten in La Liga after 23 games, extending their longest run without losing from the start of a campaign. Barcelona are going to go on to win the title this season, and they're probably going to step over Getafe to do it.

Nou Camp will host the showdown.

"You hope that games like this don't happen where you drop two points, but sometimes it happens and you have to get on with it, there is no other choice".

The draw sees Barcelona open up their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points, but the goalless draw means that today was the first time this season Barcelona had failed to score in a La Liga fixture.

The Catalan side improved in the second half but still struggled to break down the visiting defence, while Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita made a fine save in stoppage-time to prevent Suarez heading in a last-gasp victor as Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina started his Barcelona career with a stalemate.

Valverde said: "Dembele's a player that we have high hopes for, as I have said many times since we signed him".

Gerard Pique missed training on Saturday but has been included in the Barcelona squad for Sunday's league game against Getafe and should be fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League. Their record over their last ten league matches is perfectly average - three wins, three losses, and four draws.

Yerry Mina, who came off the bench against Valencia, is in line to make his full debut against Getafe regardless of Pique's fitness, with Valverde saying the Colombia worldwide would be ready if called upon.

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele came on in the second half for his first appearance since his latest spell on the sidelines, but the young France forward was also incapable of breaking down the Getafe back line.

Sevilla's victor came within seconds of the restart when Joaquin Correa raced onto Clement Lenglet's through ball and touched it past Girona goalkeeper Bono as Pablo Sarabia bundled home Bernando Espinosa's attempts to clear off the goal-line - with Rojiblancos' goalscorer remaining unclear. The Deep Blues have won only one road game, picking up eight points in their 10 away games.

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