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Barcelona´s best better than Real´s – Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique values Barcelona’s La Liga success even more as it came ahead of what he believes was the best Real Madrid in recent years.

Barcelona celebrated their title triumph on Saturday, ending the league season two points clear of Real despite a 2-2 draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna on the final day.

While his team may yet add the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey titles to their collection, Luis Enrique talked up the importance of winning La Liga.

“It is the trophy that demonstrates what we have done during the whole season,” he said.

“One cannot win a league without being the most regular. In our case with great numbers and showing a great level during the whole year.

“Obviously with better and worse moments, as it can’t be other way, and, without any doubt, when one wins a league cannot say that his team has done a normal season.

“We have done a really good season, even better if we see that this has been the best Real Madrid of the last few years, and they have fought the league until the penultimate week, with clear options and always making things difficult for us.

“And that’s maybe why we value [it] even more.”

Barca still have two matches to go to finish the campaign, with the Copa final against Athletic Bilbao on May 30 to be followed by the Champions League final against Juventus on June 6.

A second treble at Camp Nou is on the cards, but Luis Enrique understands the difficulty of the challenges that lay ahead.

“We have for sure the same feeling that Athletic and Juventus players, for sure the same,” he said.

“It’s obvious that after this season, from which we only have two matches remaining, two finals, and on the way we arrive to them, it makes us to be optimistic.

“But the reality is that they are going to be two really difficult matches in which the supporters are going to be really important.

“And we are going to try to conquer two more titles for the club. Two more titles for the players and the supporters, and that’s the goal.

“But without forgetting that is something the club has just conquered once in all its history, meaning that this is a difficult task to achieve.”

Sun 24 May, 2015
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