With the Andorran Primera Divisió almost decided, the coach of leaders FC Santa Coloma, Vincent Marqués, believes a point against nearest rivals UE Sant Juliá in the penultimate round of games would "pretty much wrap up" the league title for his side.
Leading the four-team play-off for the championship by a point from Sant Juliá puts Marqués's side in an enviable position, while he also believes a mental advantage his team holds will prove crucial. "The title will be decided when we play [Sant Juliá]," Marqués told uefa.com as he prepared for the game on 26 April. "If we draw we know it will be almost secured, while they will be thinking that a victory will put them back on top. We also hold the psychological advantage knowing that we've beaten Sant Juliá and drawn the other game against them this season." Both teams hold double-digit leads over the other two sides in the play-off, FC Lusitans and CE Principat.
The hard work Santa Caloma have put in this term has so far paid off, securing them top slot in the league standings and a place in next month's Copa Constiticío semi-finals. However, with no trophies as yet to show for their efforts, Marqués has called for concentration right until the final match. "I'm very happy with the effort my team has put in so far but from here until the end of the season all the games are very important," he said. "It's very tight in the standings. We might have the privilege of being top but we have to remember that just one game could make all the difference. In the end, small details will decide the play-off and both teams are really motivated. There's still some way to go."
Despite saying that "being alive in both competitions is very important," Marqués is clearly focused on the race for the league title. However, with a Copa Constitució semi-final looming on 10 May against UE Santa Coloma and Sant Juliá already eliminated, Marqués knows winning the double is a distinct possibility. "Right now we're not thinking of the cup because our minds are concentrated on the league," he said. "Once we achieve our goal on that front we can think about other things. It's true that without Sant Juliá in the cup we have a better chance of winning it, but you can't forget that this is a competition every team gives their all to win."
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