Sunday 23 October 2016

Enrique urges Barca to repeat treble after Sociedad shock

Published 11/04/2016 | 02:30

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique reacts before the match. Photo: Vincent West/Reuters
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique reacts before the match. Photo: Vincent West/Reuters

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has challenged his stuttering 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 Copa del Rey.

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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 demonstrate we're the best in the world like our shirt says," Enrique said as they look to defend a 2-1 lead in their Champions league quarter-final, second leg at Atletico on Wednesday.

"Everything is to play for and to win. No-one's going to leave here crying. At this stage last year we were only two points above second place with a worse head-to-head difference."

Meanwhile, Atletico cut the gap to three points after coming from behind to win 3-1 at Espanyol and coach Diego Simeone said his team would not relent in their title bid. Real are also back in the title hunt having earlier thrashed Eibar 4-0, inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the first player to hit 30 La Liga goals in six consecutive seasons.

Tomorrow's Champions League opponents Vfl Wolfsburg recorded a 1-1 draw against FSV Mainz on Saturday. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich laboured to a 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday to increase their lead at the top to eight points with five games left and edge closer to a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Meanwhile, Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc says injuries are taking their toll ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City tomorrow.

Lucas Moura struck twice on Saturday as the Ligue 1 champions beat Guingamp 2-0 but PSG lost goalkeeper Kevin Trapp at the interval with a thigh injury.

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