As Barca Stutter, Enrique Challenges Them
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has challenged his st ut teri ng side to respond to Saturday's 1- 0 La Liga defeat at Real Sociedad by repeating last season's treble of Champions League, domestic title and King's Cup.
Barca saw their lead at the top over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid cut to only three points with six games left, having held a nine-point advantage less than a fortnight ago, and are now just four points ahead of Real Madrid.
"It 's an opportunity for us to demonst rate we're t he best i n t he world li ke our shirt says," Luis Enriquetold a news conference as they look to defend a 2-1 lead in their Champions league quarterfinal, second leg at Atletico on Wednesday. "Everything is to play for and to win. Noone's going to leave here crying. At this stage last year we were only two points above second place with a worse head-tohead difference."
Barcelona host st r uggli ng Valencia next Sunday followed by a midweek trip to Deportivo with home games against Sporting Gijon and Espanyol and matches at Real Betis and Granada to follow. "We obviou sly c a n' t d rop a ny more points. We weren't at our best in the last few games and this league will be won by the most consistent team in the remaining games. I want the Nou Camp fuller than ever against Valencia."