Puyol: Barca can still catch Real Madrid

Puyol: Barca can still catch Real Madrid

Published Jan. 11, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Carles Puyol remains optimistic despite seeing Barcelona drop five points behind leader Real Madrid in the Primera Division.

The European champion conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with Espanyol on Sunday, 24 hours after Jose Mourinho's team had demolished Granada 5-1.

However, defender Puyol is refusing to panic, telling the club's official website: "Five points is a significant distance, but it can be retrieved.

"We will not concede the league and will fight to the end.


"We still aim to be champions."