Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino thinks the Spanish champions are on their way to a “good season”, after they won the first Clasico of the campaign against Real Madrid last weekend.
The 2-1 win at the Camp Nou was enough to extend Barca’s lead over their great rivals to six points after 10 games.
And while Martino still expects both Real and Atletico Madrid to push his team all the way this season, he has become cautiously optimistic about the way it could all turn out.
"The victory is good for our spirits, and is more important in that sense than mathematically,” he said in the wake of his most important win as Barca boss thus far.
"There is still 60 per cent of the league season left, and Madrid and Atletico are close to us, they can still make up the difference."
Martino feels emboldened to start thinking of glory, thanks to the Clasico contributions of Barca’s South America superstars, Lionel Messi and Neymar.
While he feels that neither player was at their best against Los Blancos, he has praised their efforts in helping to defeat the old enemy.
"We played well at first but tailed off, and the same is true of Messi," ‘Tata’ said.
"But he worked hard and I rate his performance. If he, and the other players, can continue playing this well, we're going to have a good season."
Regarding Neymar he added: "Neymar played a great game but I've seen him play better.
"His goal in the Clasico has much more significance, but I've seen better games from him."