Barca title will be deserved – Luis Enrique
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes his side will be deserving winners of a 24th La Liga title if they can beat Granada away on Saturday to stave of a late surge from Real Madrid.
The Catalans lead Madrid by a point with just one game to play after continuing their return to form with a 5-0 drubbing of Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Sunday.
Luis Suarez scored twice, whilst Lionel Messi, Neymar and Rafinha, with his first goal since returning from a long-term knee injury, were also on target.
One of their title rivals fell by the wayside on Sunday as Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 defeat to already-relegated Levante means they can now longer catch Barca.
However, Real registered their 11th consecutive league win, 3-2 over Valencia, to take the title race to the final day of the season.
“These are moments of the highest tension for all the players and all the teams and we are managing it in the best way possible,” said Enrique.
“I think we played a complete match in attack and defence. I don’t remember the opposition having any chances and we had great moments in the match.
“We have to finish it off in Granada and win this league because for the number of weeks we have been top we deserve it.”
Barca have now scored 21 goals without reply in a four-game winning run since they spectacularly lost three league games in a row for the first time in 13 years last month.
Significantly, Granada also ensured they are mathematically safe from relegation with a 4-1 thrashing of 10-man Sevilla on Sunday.
However, Enrique insisted he is not taking anything from granted.
“We know the difficulty that exists. We are a small step closer, but the last game is still to play.
“We believe in how we are playing and I hope we are complete and precise enough to win the league.
“We are going to play for a league of 38 games in one match. There will be tension, Real Madrid and ourselves are in the same situation of playing away from home and having to win.
“The prize is there and it is attractive enough that we will all be very motivated.”