Saturday 25 November 2017

Barca aim to extend lead at top

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists the Primera Division title race is far from over as the leaders bid to extend their advantage away to struggling Las Palmas today.

Two wins in a week have maintained the favourites' six-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, with rivals Real Madrid a further point behind.

But despite his side's recent high-scoring form, Luis Enrique is adamant the job is far from done - and Las Palmas represent a real threat as they bid to dig their way out of the relegation zone.

Luis Enrique said: "The three teams are capable of slipping up at any moment, and neither the players nor the staff believe that the league is over.

"Las Palmas are a tough opponent. It will be difficult to take the ball off them and it will be tough, but if anyone has demonstrated they are capable of playing every three days, it is us."

Atletico start a tough week at home to Villarreal tomorrow, after which they face a return to Champions League action against PSV before next weekend's Madrid derby.

Successive wins over Eibar and Getafe have helped Diego Simeone's side recover from their recent slump but he will know his side must improve in order to see off tomorrow's visitors.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits it will be "difficult" to make up his side's seven-point deficit to Barcelona, but says they will not stop trying as they head to Malaga tomorrow.

Gary Neville will hope to endear himself further to Valencia fans when his improving side travel to take on second-bottom Granada tomorrow.

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