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Martino: Barcelona In No Panic

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Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino his side believed deserved more after they dropped two crucial points in the La Liga title race with a 1-1 draw away to Levante on Sunday.

Lionel Messi made his first league start for the Catalans in over two months.

However, after early goals from Loukas Vydra and Barca’s Gerard Pique, even the four-time World Player of the Year couldn’t find a way past in-form Levante keeper Keylor Navas as the hosts clung on for a share of the spoils.

Barcelona remain on top of the table as Atletico Madrid were also held 1-1 by Sevilla on Sunday, but both league leaders are now just one point clear of Real Madrid in third.

Martino, though, is sure there will be plenty of surprises to come between now and the end of the season.

“I don’t think we should be worried looking to the future,” he said.

“There were games at the start of the season when we won and we didn’t play very well. Today is completely the opposite. We played very well and the result is a bit negative, but it is not what we deserved.

“We still have 18 games to play and with the games all three teams have still to play there are going to be a lot of surprises.

“I try to be a fair person when we have to speak about something. When we haven’t been up to it I am the first one to speak to the players about it, but I don’t think that was the case today.

“We leave here sad because we weren’t able to win, but I didn’t see any regression in the way that we played.”

Written by George Coomber

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