Full squad heading to Madrid

FC Barcelona trained Saturday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Just Desvern. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
All 23 first-team players plus Barça B’s Munir and Sandro are making the trip for the match versus Atlético de Madrid

The FC Barcelona coaching staff, conscious that Sunday’s match can clinch the La Liga championship, has cited the full squad for the visit to Atlético Madrid this evening at 7.00pm CET. In total 25 players are making the trip — the 23 members of the first team, including Luis Suarez, as well as Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez from Barça B.

Barça can claim the 2014/15 La Liga title with a win or any result that equals or is better than that of Real Madrid, who visit Espanyol on Sunday, also at 7.00pm CET.

Luis Enrique says Atlético match is a final

Luis Enrique knows Barça are close, but thay they haven't won anything just yet./ MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The blaugrana skipper is eager to wrap up the La Liga title on Sunday at the Vicente Calderón

In his weekly press conference prior to the weekend’s Liga match, this one being the second to last of the season and one in which Barça win the championship at Atlético Madrid, head coach Luis Enrique did not hide his desire to finish the job as soon as possible. “It is final, gives us the opportunity to win a league title,” he said, before adding, “Atlético Madrid are playing for third place. It’ll be an open and interesting match.”

When asked about his team’s approach this weekend he said dryly, “We’ll approach this match like any other, except this time…we have the chance to secure the league title,” he said, before warning, “At the Calderón, if you lack intensity, it’s tough to win. It is the first game where we’ll be able to win the title. That’s a huge motivation.”

Here are some of the highlights of what Luis Enrique had to say:

One step from glory

“We can do something difficult that’s only been done once in the Club’s history. We have to play three great matches.”

“We are aware that we need to play intense football until the end of the season in order to win these titles.”

Luis Suárez’s physical condition

“He’s much better, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow before deciding.”

Precedents with Atlético

“The three prior games are good for evaluating and analysing. We won those matches because we played three very good games. But we know they’re tough to beat.”

Last year

“I don’t see anyone interested in revenge. Atlético deserved the title last year because they had a spectacular season.”

The staff

“I surround myself with the best collaborators. The more the work is more spread out, the more things we can do. I’m extremely happy with them.”

Luis Suárez works out with the group

Luis Suárez has been recovering from a hamstring injury. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Uruguay striker has yet to be medically cleared, but trained with the team before Sunday’s visit to Atlético de Madrid

FC Barcelona trained for the last time before traveling to Madrid to face Atlético Madrid on Sunday at 7.00pm CET at the Vicente Calderón. Barça have one goal: to mathematically secure the league title. Luis Enrique oversaw Saturday’s training session on Camp Tito Vilanova, but the the big news was the presence of Luis Suárez. The Uruguay striker, who in recent days had been working out individually, trained with the group despite not yet having medical clearance. Munir, from Barça B, also joined the group.

Before the workout, the squad received a visit from Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who came to the Ciutat Esportiva with vice president Jordi Mestre and director of professional sports Albert Soler to give support to the team before Sunday’s big duel at the Calderón.

The squad list will be announced on Sunday morning before traveling to Madrid. By 9.00pm CET on Sunday night, Barça could be pronounced La Liga champions.

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