Monday 18 December 2017

Barca and Bayern taking nothing for granted

Luis Enrique: 'At this stage of the campaign, it’s all about the wins and points.'
Luis Enrique: 'At this stage of the campaign, it’s all about the wins and points.'

Jamie Holland

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is not going to be fooled into believing his squad has a schedule to close the season that will make it easy to capture the title.

Barca, who are two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the standings, have five games remaining, starting with tonight's clash with 13th-placed Getafe.

"Our calendar looks good from afar, but then you have to go out and play the game," said Luis Enrique. "The five games left have their own challenges."

Barcelona, 2-0 winners over city rivals Espanyol last Saturday, have lost just two of their 16 league games at the Nou Camp this season, while Getafe have lost their last two league games.

"The most important thing is that we have survived another week and we still depend on ourselves," added the Barca coach. "At this stage of the campaign, it's all about the wins and points."

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has insisted that Bayern Munich are fully focused on tonight's German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund after winning the Bundesliga title with four games to spare.

Guardiola said Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez are close to returning but Franck Ribery is still struggling to regain fitness after a five-week absence.

Irish Independent

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