Enrique: La Liga not over

Luis Enrique insists Barcelona aren’t on a procession towards retaining La Liga as ‘Atletico Madrid don’t slip up.’

Barca go to Rayo Vallecano with a five-point lead over Atletico and a game in hand after Los Colchoneros played and beat Real Sociedad on Tuesday, but Enrique dismissed the idea the title is staying at Camp Nou.

“The pressure is the same as always because with the three-point system you pay for any slip-up,” AS quotes Enrique telling the Press.

“Atletico don’t slip-up, they continue to improve. At no point have we said otherwise.”

Enrique added that he isn’t confident in going to Vallecas despite Barca being on a 34-game unbeaten run, praising opposite number Paco Jemez.

“I would never assume a game against Rayo, it doesn’t matter if it’s home or away,” he continued.

“With the identity of the team, transmitted by Paco, with the players, we know it’ll be complicated. They are open, uncomfortable games. Whatever the result, I’m expecting it to be uncomfortable.

“What Paco is doing has a lot of merit, I love it. It’s commendable because he has achieved with his mentality. A team that played 10 years with relegation and for being small were identified with more direct football, that has changed with Paco and it’s a great merit.

“He was a centre-back and I love his philosophy as a Coach. I strongly agree with it.”

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