Barcelona coach Quique Setien disagreed with Gerard Pique and believes Real Madrid will drop points late in the LaLiga season.
Setien's men were held to a 0-0 draw at Sevilla on Friday, giving Madrid the chance to join them on 65 points when they visit Real Sociedad.
Pique said it was hard to see Madrid dropping points in their remaining nine games, but Setien disagreed.
"I think that about Pique is the frustration of the moment. We were very confident because we had 30 very good minutes at the beginning of the game and then we got messy," he said, via AS.
"In the second half, we lost balls that gave them life.
"Tomorrow, he will surely think differently because I am sure that Madrid will not win everything."
Scoreless stalemate in Seville! pic.twitter.com/97L23s7PrI— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 19, 2020
A win against Sociedad on Sunday would send Madrid top of the table thanks to their head-to-head record against Barcelona after their El Clasico victory in March.
But Setien, whose side host Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday, is remaining upbeat.
"The rivals always have things to say, there are very tough confrontations and you have to be optimistic," he said.
"We don't depend on ourselves, but you have to be optimistic."Published 20 Jun 2020, 05:18 IST