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Barcelona’s draw with Cadiz ‘hurts a lot’ - Gerard Pique

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The defender spoke after another setback at the Camp Nou

FC Barcelona v Cadiz CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Gerard Pique says Barcelona’s defeat to Cadiz “hurts a lot” after Ronald Koeman’s side missed a golden chance to cut the gap to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid to six points.

Barca were within minutes of recording an eighth straight league win when Clement Lenglet conceded a penalty from which Alex Fernandez equalized.

The draw means Barca are now eight points off the top and follows on from a Tuesday’s miserable defeat to PSG in the Champions League.

Pique was back in the team again to face Cadiz and admitted it had been another tough day for the Catalan giants.

“Well, it’s painful obviously because of Atletico’s defeat yesterday we knew we could close the gap today. We knew it would be complicated, we had a couple ruled out for offside. But a penalty in the 90th minute and we drop two points, it’s tough to take.

“We needed to get the three points today to close the gap. Every game you don’t win, your chances of winning [the title] are reduced. La Liga is very long and there’s still a lot to play for, it’s not impossible, but it doesn’t help.

“I think we can still challenge but we know it’ll be difficult. We have to try, today it wasn’t our day and it was a tough blow after the week we’ve had. We have to go again against Elche. We go game by game and there is still a league to be played.”

Sunday’s draw makes it two games in a row at the Camp Nou without a win for Barcelona. Next up is a visit from Elche on Wednesday before Barca head back out on the road for another trip to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.