Barcelona went through a very surprising 3-1 defeat when they faced off against Real Sociedad and this loss has allowed Real Madrid to step it up and be the new leaders of La Liga, for the 1st time in this entire season.

Andres Iniesta has always been considered as a leader not only inside the pitch but also outside of it as well. Following the conclusion of the match, the Spanish midfielder had a few words of encoragement to say about their recent defeat.

"Real Sociedad played really well. They were better than us; we were always trailing them," Iniesta told the official Barca website. "This defeat shouldn't make us give up. We have to work hard and turn this situation around. There are many points left, and we have games against direct rivals."

Real Sociedad took the lead at the 32nd minute when Alex Song scored an own goal but Lionel Messi equalized the match only 4 minutes later. There was little the Argentenian could do when Antoine Griezmann and Zurutuza sank the Barcelona ship which allows their eternal rivals, Real Madrid on jumping to the top of La Liga with 3 points advantage.

There still are more than 10 league matches left to be played before a champion can be announced and the Spanish league is as close as ever considering that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are both tied at 2nd place with 60 points.

One match that can decide who will be crowned champions will on March 22 when Barcelona travel to the Santiago Berbabeu to face off against Real Madrid and the outcome of that match will be an important factor on deciding who is going to win the league in this season.