Luis Enrique has said his Barcelona side are more deserving of this year's La Liga title than Real Madrid, as they have topped the table since January. The Spanish boss has thus urged his boys to complete the job in their final match of the season against Granada.
The reigning La Liga champs smashed Espanyol 5-0 over the weekend to remain top of the table, one point ahead of a Real Madrid side who secured their 11th consecutive league victory, beating Valencia. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid waved goodbye to their hopes of a title thanks to a surprise 2-1 defeat to already relegated Levante.
These results mean Barcelona will reclaim their title if they beat or match the result Real Madrid achieve in their last game of the season, a trip to Deportivo de la Coruna.
Luis Enrique has talked up his team's consitency throughout the title race, with them topping La Liga since a win over Atletico on 23 January. The Catalan giants have led the table for 26 match weeks this season, with Real not touching the summit since October.
"With the number of weeks we've been on top and our play, I think we deserve it," the Barcelona boss said.
"Football depends on results. Barca's fans had fun this year, they saw very good football and plenty of good moments throughout the season. You have to fight every game, and that's what we did [to beat Espanyol]," he continued.
"The winners are the best team over 38 games. As of today, there are two teams still in it. We're talking about the best league in Europe," he added. "It's a tough league. Maybe the last part didn't go the way we wanted, but if we have to win the title in the last game, then we'll do it in the last game."
Granada secured their place in the top flight for another season over the weekend by thrashing Europa League finalists Sevilla 4-1 away from home. However, despite them hosting Barcelona with nothing to play for, Luis Enrique believes his side will have a tough test to secure the three points – and the title.
"Away games are always hard because there are things you can't control. We're one step away," he said. "I hope we're precise and complete. We're going to go to Granada to reach our objective – to try and win this league, which has been very competitive."