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Luis Enrique Claims Barca Must Go Unbeaten In Order To Win League

luis-enrique-barcaSergio Ramos’ late equaliser in the 1-1 draw in El Clasico means Real Madrid remain six points clear and leaves Barca with a poor home win rate of just 42 percent.

The draw has left Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believing that his side must win every remaining game if they are to beat Real Madrid to the title.

“We are dropping lots of points at home, this needs to improve,” Enrique claimed after El Clasico. “Right now there is a solid leader that has gone many games without slipping up.”

“The only chance we have to turn the situation around is to win every game we have left to put pressure on them.

“We need to improve, above all, our numbers at home.”

The Camp Nou, once a terrifying prospect for Barcelona’s rivals, has been a profitable destination for opponents this campaign.

Including Alaves, who won 2-1, and Malaga, Atletico and Real Madrid, who all went home with a point, meaning the champions have won just three of their seven games at home.

Compare that to last season when they dropped points in just three of their 19 homes games, an 84 percent win rate.

Despite that poor home form, Enrique was left frustrated as Barcelona conceded a last-minute goal against Real Madrid to draw a game that he felt they deserved to win.

Luis Suarez’s fourth goal in five Clasicos was cancelled out in the 90th minute at Camp Nou by Sergio Ramos, who headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Luka Modric’s free kick.

Substitute Arda Turan was guilty of committing the foul in the lead-up to the goal — which allowed Madrid to maintain their six-point lead over Barca at the top of La Liga — and it was a moment which disappointed Luis Enrique.

“The instructions were very clear: don’t commit fouls, especially when Madrid players have their backs to goal,” he said in his postgame news conference.

“But it’s easy where we [coaches] are; the people who have it hard are the players. I wouldn’t focus on one player [Turan].”