Camp Nou

Next Game

Barcelona v Roma

Wednesday, 05 August 2015, 21:00

Friendly Match

Artemio Franchi

Last Game

Fiorentina 2 - 1 Barcelona

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 20:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Barcelona set to wrap up title

A 22nd Primera Division title awaits Barcelona this weekend but Tito Vilanova's men would no doubt have picked easier opponents if given the choice.

Last Updated: 11/05/13 at 11:23 Post Comment

Tito Vilanova: His Barcelona side are set to clinch the title

Tito Vilanova: His Barcelona side are set to clinch the title

The Catalan club are eight points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid going into the weekend although, with Jose Mourinho's men at Espanyol on Saturday, the silverware could already be in their hands by the time they kick off on Sunday.

Should Madrid win, though - and their form dictates they may well do - Barca will head to the Vicente Calderon knowing a victory will be enough.

But Atletico have had an excellent season, are headed for the Champions League and pose the sternest of tests.

It will not be Barca's only chance to win the title, but for the avoidance of doubt they want to get things wrapped up as quickly as possible.

"Our game is the biggest for us - whatever Real Madrid do," Barca midfielder Thiago told a press conference ahead of the game.

"The Calderon is never an easy place to go to and win. Atletico Madrid are in next year's Champions League and they are through to the Cup final.

"There's still plenty of time for them to focus on that final and I am sure they will give us a very tough game."

Defeat for Barcelona would not be disastrous but it would end another difficult week on a high, with Vilanova again having been away for treatment on his throat cancer.

While victory for Barca would see them crowned champions, Atletico have celebrations of their own to carry out.

Diego Simeone's men have not been able to continue their scorching early- to mid-season form, but have remained consistent enough to get a top-three spot - something which means Radamel Falcao may well stay with the club.

Simeone is not wanting to get too carried away knowing how tough an opponent Barcelona are, but is still encouraging his fans to enjoy the moment.

"We cannot get away from the next game because we've never approached things differently, we need to look at Barcelona," said Simeone, who is also planning for a Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid.

"We know it will be a difficult game on Sunday, but the fans can get together and celebrate making it to the champions league."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Footer 365

Di Maria joining bigger club - Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva believes Angel Di Maria is joining a club in Paris Saint-Germain that are bigger than any apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Wenger: 'Nothing happening' with Benzema

Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking Arsenal with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Lambert waiting to spill Liverpool beans

West Brom new boy Rickie Lambert says he has "a lot of feelings" about his time at Liverpool but is keeping his powder dry - for now.

Mail Box

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company