Barca not seeking revenge at Atletico – Luis Enrique
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insisted revenge will not fuel his side’s thirst to win La Liga when they travel to face Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
The match comes exactly a year to the day since Atletico won the league on Barca’s home pitch on the final day of last season.
A 23rd Liga title would also be the first trophy of a potential treble for Barca as they face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final and reached the Champions League final in midweek with a 5-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich.
“I haven’t seen any desire for revenge among my players. Atletico had a great season last year and were deserved champions,” said Enrique.
“The schedule has decided that we play on the penultimate game in the Calderon and it is exciting.
“If we are not intense in a game like this then we can’t win. This game will be like a final and in the two finals we need to play with the maximum intensity to win the prize.
“It is one thing to have got to here, but the players are very realistic and they know how difficult it is to win the three titles and equal what they did a few years ago. We have to play three great games.”
Barca could also be at full strength as Luis Suarez trained with his teammates on Saturday despite suffering a hamstring injury that forced him off at half-time in Munich in midweek.
“We will see tomorrow. Luis is a lot better but tomorrow we will see how he is and what condition he is in to play,” added Enrique.