Pre Match Video
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique wants his players’ focus to be on securing victory against Espanyol on Sunday.The Spanish league title race is reaching its climax with two rounds left and just one point separating the top three teams.
Leaders Barcelona are ahead of Atletico Madrid on head-to-head goals, and can claim the title with a win, if other results go their way..
Luis Enrique Martinez, coach of FC Barcelona:
“These derbies are usually more intense than normal. But I hope we focus on the football side of it because that is our strongest point. That is the aspect in which we can make a difference. And everything else should be left as side aspects. But we know what football and tension means. And we also know what we have at stake. I expect a great atmosphere and that our supporters will realize the difficulty and the support the team needs now. So we can play a great game.”
“I am only focused on tomorrow’s game. Tomorrow we could become champions. As for the last match day, our opponents Granada could already be outside the relegation zone and we could be league champions. Why should we talk about something we don’t know whether it will happen. We will have the whole of next week to talk about the last match day. We are now focused on the game against Espanyol to see if we can win those points to try to become champions.”
“Of course. The only team with a chance to become champions tomorrow is us. As for the next match day anything can happen. But tomorrow we have that option. Why not.”
Espanyol substitutes: Arlauskis, Lluis Lopez, Correa, Montanes, Sevilla, Jordan, Moreno.
Espanyol XI (4-3-3): Pau; Javi Lopez, Roco, Duarte, Alvarez; Sanchez, Canas, Diop; Perez, Caicedo, Asensio.
Barcelona substitutes: Masip, Mathieu, Vidal, Rafinha, Roberto, Turan, Munir.
Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.