Barcelona v Espanyol

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is backing his players to hold their nerve and pip Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to the La Liga title.

Leaders Barca are level on points with Atletico and one ahead of third-placed Real with two games remaining.

They could win the title with a game to spare if they beat Espanyol on Sunday, Atletico lose to relegated Levante and Real drop points at home to Valencia.

“Why not? We can do it. Only we can do it this week,” said Luis Enrique.

Barcelona boast the better head-to-head record against both capital clubs this season, which would be decisive should they finish level on points with either side.

They were eliminated from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Atletico, who will meet neighbours Real in the final on 28 May.

But Barca can still still secure a domestic double as they face Europa League finalists Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey on 22 May.

Speaking about Sunday’s home derby with Espanyol, who are 14th in the table and still not mathematically safe from relegation, Luis Enrique added: “The challenge is very attractive.

“We are playing our last game at the Camp Nou in what I hope will be a great atmosphere.

“Barca fans understand the difficulty of the match and the challenge that lies ahead.”

Barcelona’s remaining La Liga games
Sunday 8 May: Espanyol (home)
Saturday 14 May: Granada (away)

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