Barcelona: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists he will only be satisfied once his side have delivered another La Liga title after equalling a Spanish record by stretching their unbeaten run to 34 games.
Two good: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal with teammate Neymar during their Spanish League match against Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Barca were forced to come from behind against Sevilla on Sunday as a brilliant Lionel Messi free-kick and Gerard Pique’s winner overcame Vitolo’s early strike for the visitors.
Victory restored Barca’s eight-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with Real Madrid now 12 points adrift after losing 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday.
Real’s record to fall
And it is Madrid’s record of 34 games unbeaten from the 1988-89 season, which will fall if Barca avoid defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.
Barca coach Luis Enrique
"The record tells me nothing. If we win titles then fine, but if not it doesn’t tell me a thing," said Luis Enrique.
"We have wanted to retain the title since the first day of the season. That is the primary objective and we are in better position. Now, we need to win the points necessary to be champions."
Barca have been far from their brilliant best in many of their recent league games with fatigue starting to set in from an already gruelling campaign of 46 games across six competitions.
Sevilla have consistently caused Barca problems in three games so far this season.
The European champions edged a thrilling UEFA Super Cup 5-4 after extra time in their first game of the campaign before Sevilla inflicted Barca’s last defeat in all competitions back in October.
"I think they are the opponents who play us best," added Luis Enrique.
The sides will meet once again in the Copa final on May 22.