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Abelardo: “Alaves are having an extraordinary season”

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Deportivo Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez believes nothing can take away what they’ve already achieved, despite missing out on top spot in La Liga on Friday

Alaves suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leganes with Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal just before the break proving to be the difference in the end.

Despite their best efforts at Butarque, Alaves were unable to find an equaliser and missed out on the chance of leapfrogging Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

But Abelardo admits, in a league as competitive as La Liga, you can’t win every time.

“We have to give the boys credit, it’s very hard for a team like Alaves to win in the top flight,” said Abelardo, according to La Vanguardia.

“It’s a very tough competition, the best league in the world. Our team is having an extraordinary season.

“This was an equal game, we knew Leganes would be physical and direct.”

Barcelona will travel to third-placed Atletico Madrid today.