Barcelona: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique urged his side to show they are still the best team in the world in the final two months of the season after suffering a second consecutive La Liga defeat 1-0 at Real Sociedad on Saturday.
The European champions saw their lead at the top of La Liga shrink to three points over Atletico Madrid with six games remaining after Atletico beat Espanyol 3-1. Real Madrid are also in the title race a point further adrift as they saw off Basque minnows Eibar 4-0.
Enrique said: "We have never said the league is over. It is a marvellous opportunity to show we are the best team in the world and that is why we carry that badge on our chest."
Barca have taken just one point from their last three league games to see a commanding lead slip away, but they still need to drop points in two of their remaining matches to surrender top spot, thanks to their better head-to-head record with Atletico. Defeat also continued Barca’s miserable run at Sociedad’s Anoeta stadium, where they have now lost on their last four league visits.
"There is a title race with six games remaining. It’s an exciting and open league which the best team will win. At the moment we are top, but pessimistic thoughts will not benefit the team," added Enrique.