Barcelona boss Quique Setien has admitted that his side must win all the remaining La Liga fixtures if they want to win the title
After a three-month suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic, La Liga will return to action this weekend, with Barcelona heading towards Mallorca.
Before the pandemic halted proceedings in Spain, the reigning La Liga champions were two points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid at the summit.
The Catalan giants have won five of their six previous league matches, but four of those successes came via a single-goal margin.
Although Setien knows he can’t expect his players to deliver their best from the beginning, he has urged Barcelona to maintain consistency throughout the final 11 games of the season.
“Normally you play games in preseason and measure the minutes played, and now that will be different,” Setien told the club’s website, as relayed by Goal.com.
“We will see how the games go and what the situation is for each player. Everybody is different.
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“We think that we have to win every game if we want to be champions.
“We’re doing well, and we know that we have to be in top form to compete and win every game. We are in a good place mentally.
“We will see how the games go and the difficulties posed by our opponents.
“The team are in pretty good condition for the work that we have done. We’re going to need one more week to really be in shape.
“All of the players are very keen and very motivated to play. It’s been good for us because the players have been resting.
“The team look to have special motivation. I suppose that’s the same for every squad.”
Setien’s hopes of claiming the league title have been handed a huge boost, as Luis Suarez seems fit and ready to help Barcelona for the remainder of the season.
Indeed, the Uruguayan striker has taken advantage of the coronavirus break to return to full fitness after undergoing surgery back in January.
Well aware of Suarez’s importance to this Barcelona side, Setien has revealed that the 33-year-old will be in contention for the upcoming league games.
“Luis Suarez has had extra time to recover and to be able to compete again,” he added.
“He’s practically at full fitness; we’ll see how he goes when the competition gets underway, but in two or three games I’m sure he’ll be at his top level.”