As Barca Stut­ter, En­rique Chal­lenges Them

The Economic Times - - Sports - Richard Martin

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."

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