As Barcelona's April marathon continues, the Blaugrana face big challenge after another. Last week, they endured a 2-2 draw with Sevilla. Following a dominant 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain last Wednesday, Barça now faces another La Liga contender in Valencia, Saturday at Camp Nou.
The draw in Seville made the lead over Real Madrid shrink to only two points, so there is no margin for error from now on if the Catalans want to reclaim their status as Kings of Spain. Barça manager Luis Enrique knows how important the remaining seven league matches are, and especially the upcoming one against Valencia. So the coach would like to see a packed Camp Nou tomorrow with fans supporting all game long.
He talked about that and other topics in his usual pre-match press conference. Here's a few highlights:
"Our rivals are on a very good run and it's important that Camp Nou is bursting with our supporters and that they get behind us on every play. It is a key game and we need to have 90,000 or 100,000 fans who can make Camp Nou rumble."
"Their team dynamics are spectacular. They're very hard working and very hard to beat and, without a doubt,one of the best teams in the league.""I am not surprised by their play from beginning of the season, especially with the players they have. They're in fourth place on merit."
"They only play one game a week, but every team would love to be playing three games a week. We have torecover as quickly as possible and face all our matches."
"If there is a climate of euphoria among fans it's because they have seen what the team can do. If it's true,then come tomorrow at 4.00pm and make Camp Nou rock 'n roll.""I still have positive vibes, the same as on the very first day. Now that we're closer to the end of the season, I still feel the same way.""Mentally we're focused because of who our rivals are. But physically, it shows a little. Even I'm tired, and I haven't played a single minute. We need the support of the fans more than ever to play like a team."