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Lionel Messi says he hopes La Liga title race stays tight and competitive

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FC Barcelona v Real Betis Balompie - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says this year’s unpredictable La Liga title race is a good thing, and he hopes it remains that way for the rest of the season.

Ernesto Valverde’s side saw their lead at the top cut to just a point after their surprise defeat at home to Real Betis on Sunday.

Sevilla are just a point behind the league leaders and are level on points with Atletico Madrid and Alaves - something Messi seems to approve of.

“It’s good that the league is tight and competitive this season,” he said. “Nothing is easy and anybody can beat anybody else.

“I hope it stays that way, it’s good for everybody. That said, I hope we can get a bit of an advantage over the teams chasing us.”

Source | AS

Barcelona will be relieved to have kept top spot despite their defeat to Betis, however they could be knocked off the top next time out if they fail to beat Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.