FC Barcelona prepares next step towards Primera Liga title

16:31, April 13, 2010      

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Wednesday night sees FC Barcelona aiming to take the next step towards retaining its Primera Liga title when Deportivo la Coruna visits the Camp Nou stadium.

Deportivo should be an accessible rival for Pep Guardiola’s side, the team from Galicia had a fine start to the season, but in recent weeks its squad has shown its limitations and has not won any of its last six matches.

Last Sunday saw Deportivo surrender a home lead to draw 1-1 at home to Racing Santander in a match in which the players looked to be tired and waiting for the end of the season.

Midfielder Sergio Gonzalez gave away the feelings of the squad on Monday when he said it was not so much a question of trying to win in the Camp Nou, rather one of leaving with dignity at the end of 90 minutes.

Barcelona goes into the game with its morale sky high following the 2-0 win in the Santiago Bernabeu against title rivals Real Madrid.

That win leaves Barcelona three points clear of Madrid and with Madrid playing on Thursday night, Barca has the chance to open a six point lead and pressure Madrid in its visit to Almeria.

However, the Barcelona players admit that despite the press saying the title race is all but over, with seven games remaining there is still work to be done. Xavi Hernandez admitted that Real Madrid will fight all the way, while next week’s return to Champions League football could leave Barca with tired legs.

Guardiola has some injury worried ahead of the game, although Gabi Milito is fine after limping off with a muscle problem on Saturday night, Gerrard Pique is training on his own in a bid to be fit. Eric Abidal is still out with a calf injury and it is touch and go whether or not Zlatan Ibrahimovich will have recovered in time to take any part in the match.

Barcelona is favorite for all three points and that would heighten the pressure on Real Madrid even more.



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