Luis Enrique says “you can never have enough of an advantage” ahead of Barcelona’s game against Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.
The Catalans can open up a 12-point lead on Real Madrid with victory over Los Nervionenses, having seen their arch-rivals fall to Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu the day before, but the Coach insists his side will never rest on their laurels.
“It would be a serious mistake to think that because you have a slight advantage, you’re going to win the League ahead of time,” he said at a Press conference.
“Thinking that way puts you in a dangerous situation, but we won’t be guilty of doing so.
“It’s impossible for a team to be crowned champions so soon. We can lose three games between now and the end of the campaign.
“You can never have enough of an advantage. It’s a misconception that our lead allows us to focus on other competitions.
“We can still improve. We need the three points tomorrow so we can be crowned champions.
“If you go with that mentality, it’s more difficult to go wrong.
“You have to compete at the highest level until you’re champions. Why should we change?
“[On facing Sevilla], the word ‘requirement’ is the first one which comes into my head. They’re a team who have improved a lot.
“They’re in a high position and a team we know very well. They have a Coach, who is very clear in his work, so they’ll be very difficult.
“The team haven’t changed [since our last defeat – to Sevilla in October].
“We’re the same team to the one at the Pizjuan. I felt we were the better team that day, but we’ve been worse in other games and haven’t lost. We’re in great form right now.
“[On the goalkeeping rotation after Claudio Bravo reiterated his unhappiness at not playing in the Champions League], the situation is sustainable, ecological, organic … you name it.
“I’d play them both [Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen] if I could, but I’m only allowed to play one at a time.
“We have a good understanding [of the situation], but there can’t be an ideal situation for everyone.”