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La Liga: After defeat, Barcelona now look to win all 5 remaining matches

Sunday's shock 1-2 defeat to Valencia notwithstanding, coach Enrique confident champions Barcelona can win all five remaining La Liga games to retain title

Barcelona: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed his side are capable of winning their final five La Liga games to claim the title despite slipping to a fourth defeat in five games as they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia on Sunday.

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique

The Catalans hadn't tasted defeat in 39 games until losing to Real Madrid earlier this month, but have since thrown away a nine-point lead at the top of La Liga and been dumped out the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.

Barca now need to win all five remaining games to keep matters in their own hands.

"If there is a team capable of doing it and much more given what they have done, it is this Barca," said Enrique.

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi (right) sports a dejected look as teammate Luis Suarez looks on during the Spanish League match against Valencia at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi (right) sports a dejected look as teammate Luis Suarez looks on during the Spanish League match against Valencia at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images

"Perhaps it is more difficult than normal when the team loses, for me, unjustly some of the games we have lost. We lost two games in the first 30 and now three in a row, it is not normal. This sport generates a lot of surprises, I think we have criticised ourselves when it has been necessary, but today is not a day to criticise my players, it is a day to congratulate them.

"Feeling sorry for ourselves we won't win anything. The players have given a lesson in the second-half of how to face a situation like this. Until the 93rd minute they were trying to equalise and that is something to highlight."

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