Barcelona head coach Quique Setien remains rather coy on the recent VAR decisions that has gone Real Madrid’s way in their recent triumph over Valencia and Real Sociedad which could have a significant bearing on the outcome of the La Liga title.
Real Madrid have now overtaken Barcelona at the summit of the league with the better head to head advantage after the Catalan club slipped against Sevilla in their third match since the restart.
Setien’s men will look to bounce on Tuesday against Athletic Bilbao and the former Betis boss insists that all his attention is directed at that encounter rather than refereeing controversies.
“There are things we cannot control. And that don’t depend on us. We just have to win,” Setien said during his press conference.
“About yesterday’s match, everybody has seen what happened, everyone will make their own judgements.”
Setien insists that the encounter will closely contested.
“We all know Athletic, they are a tough team, difficult to hurt, they defend well,” he said.
“Patience can be a virtue at many times.
“You have to avoid their counter-attacks.
“In the Copa, when we were at our best, the goal that took us out of the competition came at the end.
“It’s true that goal difference puts us below,” he added. “But we still have the same amount of points.
“They [Real Madrid] can’t make any mistakes either.
“Many leagues have been resolved in the last few games.
“Things are still the same. We’re behind, but there are eight games left and we have the same idea of winning every game and being there until the last one.
“I knew we had to win almost everything, just like them.”
“I’m focusing on us,” the Barcelona boss said.
“We have footballing problems, but I’m very happy with a lot of the things we’re doing.
“We’ve won two and drawn one. We’ve scored six goals and we haven’t conceded a single one.
“VAR is a tool we have that can make us better.
“But we must use it and have a clearer vision of reality.
“It is fair to ask why some actions are reviewed and others are not.
“It can lead to the idea that it is not being used well.”