Aragones: Title still possible for Real

Former Spain coach Luis Aragones does not feel that Barcelona have a firm hold over the La Liga title despite being eight points ahead of Real Madrid after seven games.

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The La Liga giants fought out a fierce 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday and Barcelona are currently unbeaten in the league with 19 points secured already. 

Only Atletico Madrid are offering any resistance with Los Colchoneros also having secured the same number of points and having impressed observers with their attacking brand of football. 

But the Euro 2008-winning coach does not feel that the title is beyond the grasp of the current champions. In comparison with the present, Real held a six-point lead over the Catalan side after seven games in the 2005-06 season but a long winning run had allowed Frank Rijkaard's men to end the season in first place back then. 

Aragones feels that a similar turnaround is not impossible and he also tips former side Atletico Madrid to be in the running for the title this season.

"There are a lot of games for Real Madrid to recover the points they need and for a team like Madrid nothing is lost," Aragones told O Jogo.

"Atletico is stronger than in previous years.

"They can have a good season and be closer to their rivals, or even fight for the title if they can maintain this consistency."

Aragones last managed Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig in 2009 but has not taken any post since then. The 74-year-old revealed that health concerns are preventing him from resuming work. 

"[Currently, I'm not] strong enough to return to work," he said.

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