Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique has stated that his side must win against Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico or kill any hope of winning the La Liga title.
The Catalans have recently suffered defeats at Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga, losing ground on league leaders Madrid, who begin this weekend with a three-point cushion at the top of the table.
A defeat on Sunday could, therefore, leave Barca six points adrift of Zinedine Zidane’s side, having played one game more and with just five matches of the season left to play.
Enrique told news conference, “It’s special because of the moment of the season and also because it’s a game against out great rival, who are top of the table.
“The aim is to stay loyal to our style — it would be ridiculous not to. Any result but a win would do us no good whatsoever.
“It’s a Clasico which could decide the league, but it could also open it up again.
“It’s like a final for us and we have to go out and look for the win.
“After the result, we’ll see what it means. Until it’s mathematically over, no team gives up — we certainly don’t — but with the end of the season so close, it could be decisive.”
He added, “I’m preparing for the game with and without Neymar — the club are right to do what they’re doing with the appeal.”