Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez has conceded that Barcelona will not win the title this season, labelling the feat 'almost impossible'.
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La Blaugrana currently sit four points behind arch rivals Real Madrid with just two games remaining, meaning that Los Blancos could secure the title with a win against Villarreal on Thursday.
Suarez, who has scored 15 La Liga goals this season, had been hoping to fire the Catalan giants to a third successive crown, but has now admitted that overcoming Real is unlikely to happen, though he failed to make any excuses for Barça's failings.
Speaking to Diario Sport, the former Ajax and Liverpool striker said: "If you have to be honest, the league is almost impossible.
"It is clear that the game against Sevilla is a game that makes things very difficult for you. We had options to get ahead. That day was important but in Vigo it was key. We lost our great opportunity.
"If we had beaten Celta [Vigo], we would have been better off against Atletico [Madrid]. The blow was in Vigo, the goal in the last minute from [Iago] Aspas. It hurt."
The 33-year old has now turned his attention to the Champions League, which is under pressure manager Quique Setien's last hope of lifting a trophy this year.
In a separate interview with Mundo Deportivo, Suarez emphasised the importance of Barcelona's most talented players showing up for the big games between now and the end of the season.
"Now, for our pride and for the prestige of Barca, we have to win the two remaining games and then focus squarely on the title we can fight for, which is the Champions League.
"If those of us on the team can perform at the level of why we are in this club, we can beat anyone. A failure in a match can be expensive. "That is why we have to be very vigilant and we need everyone to be able to get the Champions League."
The Catalan giants will resume their Champions League campaign on Saturday 8th August, when they face Napoli for their round of 16 second leg clash. The first game between the pair ended 1-1 at the San Paolo Stadium, following goals from Dries Mertens and Antoine Griezmann.