LIVE – Luis Enrique press conference ahead of Betis

Luis Enrique speaks to the media / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Watch LIVE from 12.30pm CET, with simultaneous English translation, as the FC Barcelona manager discusses tomorrow’s game at Betis

Watch LIVE from 12.30pm CET, with simultaneous English translation, as the FC Barcelona manager discusses tomorrow’s game at Betis.

Three games left for FC Barcelona, Atlético and Real Madrid

Barça lead the way, and three more wins would secure another Liga title / FCB
The league season heads into the final set of fixtures with three teams still in contention for the title. Here’s a look at what’s left in store for Barça and the two Madrid clubs

La Liga is down to its last three weekends, and everything remains to be decided. After scoring an amazing 14 goals to no reply in their last two games, Barça remain top of the table with 82 points, the same as Atlético Madrid and one more than Real Madrid. There are three pulsating weekends of football still to go, so here’s a look at what’s left for the top three, and the factors that might work for and against each:

Top of La Liga: Click the image for the complete table

In Barça’s hands

The most important factor of all. Barça are still in front, and that means that as long as they win their three remaining games, then they’ll be champions no matter what happens elsewhere. But there is almost zero margin for error. Should the Catalans drop any points between now and May 15, then there’s a strong chance of one or other of the Madrid teams taking the maximum nine points.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are really depending on other teams doing them a favour. For Zinedine Zidane and co to lift the trophy, they’ll need both Barça and Atlético to slip at least once. 

Tie breakers

In La Liga, it’s the head-to-record that splits teams if they finish level on points. After doing the double over Atlético, Barça will always win that one. And despite losing the Clásico at home, the 4-0 win at the Bernabéu means that Barça will also top Real Madrid should they be tied at the end of the season.

European distraction

Barça would love to still be competing for the Champions League, but the sad reality is that they are out. And there’s nothing will change that now.

But on the plus side, it does at least leave the Blaugrana free to concentrate on their Liga fixtures, while their rivals have massive semi-final fixtures to worry about as well. Atlético beat Bayern Munich 1-0 at the Calderón on Wednesday and Real Madrid drew 0-0 at Manchester City the day before, so they have both got a lot of work left to do.

Home and away

Atlético have the slight edge here, as two of their remaining games are at the Vicente Calderón, while Barça and Real Madrid still have to travel twice. 

What the opposition need

Luis Enrique never tires of pointing out that at this stage of the season, anything can happen, because teams are battling for so many different objectives. In some cases, First Division survival hangs on these games, while other clubs have their eyes on for Europe. At this time of year, it’s far preferable to have to face sides in mid-table that no longer have anything other than pride to play for.

Atlético probably have it most difficult in this respect. Rayo and Levante are both in very real danger of relegation, while their other opponent, Celta, are locked in a tight battle with Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao for a Europa League berth.

Real Madrid are more fortunate. Both Valencia and Real Sociedad are safely tucked away in mid-table and their remaining games are largely inconsequential. And by the time they play Deportivo, the chances are that the Galicians will be in the safety zone too.

Barça, meanwhile, have a bit of everything. Saturday’s opposition, Betis, no longer have anything important to play for. But Granada, who they meet on the final day, could well still be fighting for survival. In between is a game with Espanyol, who have been sliding down the table recently. If the pericos don’t get anything out of their home game with Sevilla on Sunday, then they’ll be in big need of something when they come to the Camp Nou a week later. And not forgetting, of course, that that game’s a local derby, when the proverbial form-book often gets thrown out the window….

Bottom of La Liga: Click the image for the complete table

Confident Claudio Bravo enjoying the moment

Claudi Bravo during the interview / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Speaking to FC Barcelona’s official media, the Chilean goalkeeper insists that one of the keys to football is remembering that it has to be fun. And that goes for adults just as much as children

“We are doing well and looking forward to important challenges” says a confident Claudio Bravo in an interview with www.fcbarcelona.com and Barça TV. “We’re calm because we know what we’re worth and how much potential this team has.”

The Barça goalkeeper and Chile captain adds that “I try to live football normally. I treat it as something that satisfies me, that I enjoy, rather than something that creates tension or additional pressure. When we started playing as kids, we did it for fun. And I try to keep having fun today.”

Here are some of the other things Bravo had to say:

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“We had a couple of setbacks. Those accidents were wake up calls, because we now have no more room left for error”.

“It has helped to keep clean sheets in the last two games. It was a different story in other games and we must have confidence in ourselves.”

The goalkeeper’s role

“I don’t like to talk about the manager’s decisions. I need to be professional about it. We all know why we are here and have to do the best we can. The three of us are here to make each other better. We’re three very, very different keepers. I want to compete, to play, and when it’s my turn, I take my turn. All of the players have to do that when they’re not competing, we know that well”.

“We’re always exposed on the counter-attack. So even when the ball is 60 metres away from me, I always try to communicate with my team-mates and concentrate.”

“Goalkeeping is not just about saves. You also have to be good with your feet and with your positioning, and you have to generate confidence. You might only have two or three things to do in a game, but you have to do them well because these things can make all the difference. I always try to act seriously and communicatively”.

“I played outfield when I was young, but I didn’t feel comfortable on the ball and nobody else wanted to go in goal. I was brave, I wasn’t afraid of the ball and I was a natural leader. And so I’ve always worn a different colour shirt to the rest of the team!”

Training sessions continue at Ciutat Esportiva

Messi was all smiles in training / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Catalans held a workout this morning with Kaptoum, Borja López and Cámara from Barça B joining in

FC Barcelona continued preparations for yet another big league match with a training session on Thursday morning.

Luis Enrique called up Kaptoum, Borja López and Juan Cámara from Barça B, plus Rafa Mujica from the U19s to train with the first team.

The team will train at the same time tomorrow morning as well (11.00am CET). Then, Luis Enrique will hold a press conference ahead of the game against Betis.

When and where to watch Betis v Barça

International timetable for Betis v Barça / FCB
Luis Enrique’s side visit Benito Villamarín for Week 36 of La Liga

FC Barcelona visit the Benito Villamarín on Saturday to take on Real Betis, looking to tick another win off the list with the season drawing to a close.

Below is a guide to make sure you know when and where you can watch the match in your part of the world.

We also have live commentary in English here on Radio Barça – just follow the link on the homepage a few minutes before the game starts. And all of our social networks will be providing regular updates of all the news as it happens.

WATCH THE LAST GAME ON BARÇA GAMEPASS

Saturday, 30 April

Canada – Vancouver (11.30 AM) / Toronto (2.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com, @fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español

United States – Los Angeles (11.30 AM) / Nova York (2.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS USA, fuboTV

Latin America – Mexico City (1.30 PM) / Bogota (1.30 PM) / Santiago (3.30 PM) / Buenos Aires (3.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es & www.fcbarcelona.es

Blue To Go Video Everywhere

Brazil – Brasilia (3.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br i www.fcbarcelona.com.br

FOX Sports

United Kingdom – London (7.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

Sky Sports 2/HD, Sky Go UK, SKY GO Extra, NOW TV UK

France – Paris (8:30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra i www.fcbarcelona.fr

beIN Sports 2

Barcelona  (8.30 PM)

FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.catwww.fcbarcelona.es@fcbarcelona_cat & @fcbarcelona_es

Canal+ Partidazo, Abono Fútbol

Africa – Dakar (6.30 PM) / Yaoundé (7.30 PM) / Cape Town (8.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona, www.fcbarcelona.com@fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

SuperSport 5 Africa

Turkey – Istanbul (9.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_tr & www.fcbarcelona.com

Digiturk Play, Lig TV 3

Russia – Moscow (9.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com

LAOLA1.TV

Arab countries – Doha (9.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona, www.fcbarcelona.com@fcbarcelona_ara & www.fcbarab.com

beIN Sports

Sunday, 1 May

India – New Delhi (12.00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

Sony ESPN

Indonesia – Jakarta (1.30 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id & www.fcbarcelona.co.id

RCTI – Indonesia

China – Beijing (2.30 AM)

FC Barcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cn

Guangdong Sports Channel

Japan – Tokyo (3.30 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jp & www.fcbarcelona.jp

WOWOW

Australia – Sydney (4.30 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

beIN Sports Connect Australia, beIN Sports Australia

*Source: laliga.es

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