Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong is determined that Barcelona will continue to fight in the quest to defend their LaLiga title.
Despite currently being in fourth place, eight points behind Girona, who are the surprise leaders, Barcelona is gearing up for league action against Real Betis.
With Real Madrid positioned closely, just one point off the top with a game in hand, Barcelona appears to be considered as underdogs in the title race. Nevertheless, De Jong remains resolute and is not ready to concede.
Barcelona’s Dutch playmaker, Frankie de Jong, told the club’s website: “There are three titles still to play for. We’re in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, we’re still in the Champions League and we’re going to do everything possible to get back into contention in LaLiga.
“That depends on Madrid and Girona and we can’t do anything about that, but I do think we have the squad and if we improve a few things we have a very good chance of winning a lot of the games we have left.
“I think we can still fight for the league. We know we have to improve but the quality is there.
“We’re lacking decisiveness, concentration sometimes. We have to improve that and focus all game. If we do that, we have a very good squad to fight for every title.”
De Jong demands ‘decisiveness’ from Barcelona
Barcelona faced a disappointing 4-1 defeat against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia last weekend. Despite the setback, De Jong suggests that not too much significance should be attributed to the outcome.
“We didn’t play well in that game, but one game doesn’t make a season,” said the 26-year-old.
“We lost to Madrid and deservedly so. It was a fair result.
“But losing one game – and we lost it badly – doesn’t mean we’re having a bad season.”