Espanyol coach Valverde: Barcelona are favourites for the title

Valverde said: “The team leading the table has not established a big enough points gap and there are several candidates for the title. But Barcelona continues being favourites for the championship.

“However, there is no team that is threatening to break away from the leading pack.

“Every season it becomes more difficult to win the Spanish championship. I believe there is more competition here than in other foreign leagues.”