Barcelona capable of winning every game left: Ronald Koeman after 1-0 win over Real Valladolid

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said his side have what it takes to win their nine remaining games and sweep to the La Liga title.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele struck in stoppage time. (Reuters Photo)

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele struck in stoppage time. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • We are at the decisive stage in the title race: Barcelona coach
  • Barcelona visit third-placed Real Madrid next Saturday
  • Barcelona capable of winning every game left: Ronald Koeman

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman believes his side is capable of winning their nine remaining games and win the La Liga title after a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Monday. Ousmane Dembélé scored in the 90th minute on Monday as Barcelona defeated 10-man Valladolid 1-0 to move within a point of league leader Atlético Madrid.

"The team is capable of winning the games we have left but today was also a reminder you always have to be at your very best and you have to be clinical," Ronald Koeman told reporters.

"We weren't feeling fresh today, maybe because of the international break, but if we get back to how we were before then we're capable of winning all our games."

"We didn't make a great start to the game but we improved in the second half, we changed the system and made some substitutes and were a lot better," Koeman added.

"You have to give credit to the team for their mentality as they were always on the lookout for the three points. It was a very difficult game, we were not at the top of our game but sometimes you have to know how to suffer and in the end we deserved the victory."

Barca visit third-placed Real Madrid next Saturday and whoever wins the 'Clasico' will go top of the table before Atletico visit Real Betis the next day.

Koeman added: “It was so important to win tonight, we're only one point behind Atletico and we're ahead of Madrid. We're at the decisive stage in the title race and it's going to be exciting right until the end.”