Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero took a swipe at Barcelona in the wake of his team's win against Sevilla by commenting on their differing fortunes this season. The two sides were both knocked out of the Champions League last week by Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Barcelona have just the Copa del Rey final to play for while Real are closing in on their 32nd La Liga title. Both of the teams have been phenomenal this season otherwise, however, as the two have racked up a combined total of 175 points this season. And while Real scored 112 goals en route to their first La Liga win in four seasons, Barcelona were the measliest defence having conceded just 26 goals in the current campaign. In Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two rivals also have the leading players of the division and the two are currently fighting it out for the Pichichi trophy. Ronaldo and Messi are tied at 43 goals and with three games remaining, their personal battle will most likely go down till the very last minute of the final game of the season. But Granero, who played in the game against Sevilla, was in full praise of his side's achievements this season and enjoyed the way in which they commanded the Andalucian side. He doesn't believe that there is any need to compare as he stated that winning the league was proof enough that Real were a superior side this season. "We were superior to Sevilla and played an intense game, just like we've done throughout the entire season," he commented after the game. "We've been the best all year. The league title proves which is the best and most regular side. "We're happy [with the win] because this is another step towards achieving our objective. It was important for us to win and people who came to the Bernabeu were happy as they left the stadium. "We proved we are capable of moving on after Wednesday's upset. I also feel proud to receive the crowd's applause and affection." He is not downbeat that Real exited the European competition and believes that there is more to come in the coming season. He pointed out that in manager Jose Mourinho's second season, the squad has become a tighter unit and have gelled well and he believes that this squad harmony will only improve with time. "We wanted to reach the UCL final and it was a harsh blow to lose the tie in a penalty shootout, but this team has always been able to pull through and move on. We gave a serious performance today [Sunday] and showed we want to win the championship," he opined. "We always said Mourinho's second season could be better than the first and we improved thanks to his confidence. "We are more united and it's good for us players that he stays. I'm sure next year will be even better." Real could win the title if they beat Athletic Bilbao at Estadio San Mames on Wednesday.
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