Barcelona were better than Real Madrid's best, says coach Luis Enrique
Barcelona, May 24 (IANS) Spanish football club Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique says that his side's success is even more impressive as it was achieved despite arch-rivals Real Madrid being at their best this season. Barcelona celebrated their La Liga title triumph on Saturday, ending the season two points clear of Real despite having to settle for a 2-2 stalemate at home to Deportivo La Coruna.
"We have had a really good season, even better when you think that this has been the best Real Madrid of the last few years and they have fought for the league until the penultimate week, always making things difficult for us," Enrique was quoted as saying by goal.com on Sunday.
"That's may be why we value it even more. It is the trophy that demonstrates what we have done during the whole season. 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."
Barcelona still have two games to go to complete their campaign with the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on May 30 to be followed by the Champions League summit clash against Juventus on June 6. A treble is on the cards, but Enrique is wary of the difficult challenges that lie ahead.
"For sure, we have the same feeling that Athletic and Juventus players have. The reality is that they are going to be two really difficult matches in which the supporters are going to be really important," he said.
"We are going to try and conquer two more titles for the club, two more titles for the players and the supporters, and that's the goal. But we can't forget that this (the treble) is something the club has only managed once in all its history, meaning that this is a difficult task to achieve."