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Barça could practically clinch league title at El Madrigal

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 20/03/2016 sportyou
Barça could practically clinch league title at El Madrigal © Getty Images Barça could practically clinch league title at El Madrigal

In the press conference ahead of the match against Villarreal, Luis Enrique said that the league title was ever closer but that nothing had been decided yet. He said this two hours before the final whistle was blown in his hometown and the team who have always been his first footballing love, Sporting de Gijón, beat Atlético de Madrid by a score 2-1, coming from behind after Griezmann's opener for the visitors.

After the defeat the Colchoneros suffered, Barça now have the chance to give what would be practically the definitive blow in the La Liga title fight, leaving their immediate followers trailing them by 11 points and Real Madrid by 12, assuming the Blancos win the tough game they have at the Bernabéu against Sevilla. For that to happen, the Azulgranas need to win at one of the hardest grounds in the top flight, where Villarreal have only given away two draws, against Eibar and Betis and two defeats, to Celta and Las Palmas, each time by the one goal. As hosts, they have beaten sides like Real Madrid, Atlético, Athletic and Sevilla, and Barça will be the ultimate test of fire for Marcelino García Toral's men.

Aware of this, Luis Enrique has spoken highly of his rival: "They are one of the best teams in the league. They work together in a very clinical manner and have perfect command of the defensive zone." Without doubt, Barça have their first 'match-ball' of the season at a stadium where they have not lost since the 2007-08 season, with Frank Rikjaard in the dugout, but if they win this time, the league will be all but won and they will be able to turn their attention to the Champions League.

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