Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said on Saturday ahead of this weekend’s Clasico against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu that the game is “like a final” and admitted it could decide the title.
“”We are in the season’s final phase and it’s a decisive game. It is a Clasico which could decide the league, but could also open it up a gain. It’s like a final for us and only a win will do,” he said.
“After the result, we’ll see what it means [for the title]. But until it’s mathematically over, no team gives up. We certainly don’t. But with season end so close, yes, it could be decisive.”
Luis Enrique also backed his players to bounce back from the disappointment of exiting the Champions League to Juventus.
He added: “All I can do after losing a game [Juve tie] is try and pick the players up and I’m sure they think same as me: what better stage, opportunity to go out and revindicate themselves.
“Morale is great, these are professional footballers, top quality players. They know how to pick themselves up. They know they have to enjoy the good moments and be prepared for setbacks.
“And there are setbacks in a season, which isn’t great, but that’s sport and footballers are specialists in dealing with these situations.”