Barca records noth­ing with­out ti­tles: Luis En­rique

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Barcelona boss Luis En­rique in­sists he will only be sat­is­fied once his side have de­liv­ered an­other La Liga ti­tle af­ter equalling a Span­ish record by stretch­ing their un­beaten run to 34 games. Barca were forced to come from be­hind against Sevilla on Sun­day as a bril­liant Lionel Messi free-kick and Ger­ard Pique's win­ner over­came Vi­tolo's early strike for the vis­i­tors. Vic­tory re­stored Barca's eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of the ta­ble with Real Madrid now 12 points adrift af­ter los­ing 1-0 to Atletico on Satur­day.

And it is Madrid's record of 34 games un­beaten from the 1988-89 sea­son which will fall if Barca avoid de­feat at Rayo Vallecano on Thurs­day. "The record tells me noth­ing. If we win ti­tles then fine, but if not it doesn't tell me a thing," said Luis En­rique. "We have wanted to re­tain the ti­tle since the first day of the sea­son. That is the pri­mary ob­jec­tive and we are in bet­ter po­si­tion. "Now we need to win the points nec­es­sary to be cham­pi­ons."

Barca have been far from their bril­liant best in many of their re­cent league games with fa­tigue start­ing to set in from an al­ready gru­elling cam­paign of 46 games across six com­pe­ti­tions. How­ever, Pique high­lighted their re­solve to put them­selves on the brink of a sixth league ti­tle in eight years. "We have suf­fered against Las Pal­mas, Malaga and other matches, but we have man­aged to win the games," said the Span­ish in­ter­na­tional.

"I think you win leagues like that if you can suf­fer and con­tinue to win." Sevilla have con­sis­tently caused Barca in three games so far this sea­son. The Euro­pean cham­pi­ons edged a thrilling UEFA Su­per Cup 5-4 af­ter ex­tra time in their first game of the cam­paign be­fore Sevilla in­flicted Barca's last de­feat in all com­pe­ti­tions back in Oc­to­ber. "I think they are the op­po­nents who play us best," added Luis En­rique. The sides will meet for a fi­nal time in the Copa del Rey fi­nal on May 22 and Sevilla boss Unai Emery ad­mit­ted Sevilla need to be al­most per­fect to lift the Cup at the Vi­cente Calderon.

"You have to get the fine de­tails right to get close to them," he said. "We cre­ated chances and de­fended well when they started to pass the ball, but to beat Barcelona you need a lit­tle bit more be­cause we are pos­si­bly talk­ing about the best team in the world. "There is a fourth game to go this sea­son in the Copa del Rey fi­nal and we need to take that ex­tra lit­tle step."

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