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Barcelona's dreams

This season's LaLiga Santander title race isn't over yet, or at least that's what Barcelona would have you believe. They might be a long way behind leaders Real Madrid, but, as they showed in the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on Sunday night, Xavi's team have a never-say-die mentality.

It's not over until it's over is the message in the Catalan capital. The Blaugrana aren't giving up on this Liga just yet.

"If Real Madrid drop points in the next couple of weeks..." said Xavi in his press conference on Sunday after the late win over Levante in a thrilling five-goal second half.

The Catalan head coach quite possibly has a date or two in mind as to when those potential dropped points might come. Sunday's trip to Sevilla, after a midweek game against Chelsea, is one such banana skin in waiting for Los Blancos.

Indeed, overall, it is Real Madrid who have the trickier run-in than their arch rivals. A 12-point advantage, albeit having played a game more, may negate any effect from that, but the possibility still exists that there could be an interesting twist or two in the story of this season's title.

If Los Merengues were to lose in Seville and Barcelona to win their game in hand, 12 points could become six very quickly and suddenly it looks like a title race again. And it would arguably be the first time this season that Barcelona have looked like mounting anything resembling a title charge.

The distance between the sides in the table remains large, but nothing is won until it's won and right now Barcelona are living on that faint whiff of hope, determined to give it all they've got until mathematically declared out of it.

Worries for Xavi

Despite all the optimism under Xavi and the feelgood wave of the win over Levante, there is something that is beginning to worry the head coach from Terrassa. In three consecutive matches now, the team has failed to deliver the style of play expected of them.

In LaLiga Santander, moments of individual magic against Levante and Sevilla have forgiven this collective failure, but Xavi knows that the team needs to find its stride again quickly, or there will be no talk of putting any kind of pressure on Real Madrid.

Real Madrid themselves, meanwhile, aren't offering many reasons for Blaugrana fans to be hopeful, scarcely dropping points and in ruthless of late, with the exception of losing El Clasico on March 20.

Barcelona need favours at this point and they will be looking to Sevilla on Easter Sunday to lend them a helping hand to resurrect their season.

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