Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero says he is surprised La Liga looks set to go down to the wire after Barcelona looked like they’d be comfortable winners just a couple of weeks ago.
Luis Enrique’s team has a nine point lead over Atletico de Madrid and 10 point advantage on Real Madrid but having picked up just one point from their last 12 available they are now level with Diego Simeone’s side with Los Blancos just a point back.
In quotes published by AS, the ex-Italy man said: “I’m a little surprised. The current situation is incredible. If someone had told me two weeks ago it was possible Barca would lose seven or eight points or be out of the Champions League I would have said it was impossible.”
He continued: “For the kind of team Barca is, and their football. But that is the beauty of sport, an exceptional challenge for teams and La Liga is going to be followed more in the last five games to see what happens. And Real and Atleti are great rivals.”
Del Piero and Real boss Zinedine Zidane played together for the Old Lady before Zidane’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu. And the former striker says he is delighted to see he ex-team mate doing so well.
“The work is amazing and how prepared he was for coaching. It’s very difficult to do what he’s done in so little time. He’s changed the mentality of Madrid, the team and the fans. I wish him the best in La Liga and the Champions League.”