Enrique anticipating a ‘very nice’ week

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March 16, 2015 15:55:32 UK

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes his team are in perfect form heading into two massive games this week.

The Blaugrana are currently preparing to face Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp having won the first encounter 2-1.

Enrique’s men then take on fierce rivals Real Madrid in the second Clasico of the season, with the encounter at the Nou Camp likely to go a long way to deciding the destination of the Spanish league title.

Barca currently lead the standings by one point after their victory over Eibar last weekend and are 1.61 to clinch the championship, with second-placed Real Madrid 2.20.

Before then Barca face a crunch game with Manchester City looking to extend their record of 16 wins from the last 17 matches in all competitions.

Enrique is eager not to overlook the game with the Premier League champions in favour of focusing on the Clasico.

“We’re going into the Clasico as leaders and in perfect form,” Enrique said after the win. “But first, we have to focus on City because qualification is at stake. Then we’ll see what happens at the weekend.

“This will be a very nice week with two games in front of our fans, but it is not the most important week.”

Barcelona are set to be without Sergio Busquets for both games this week as he continues his recovery from the ankle ligament injury he picked up against Villarreal earlier this month.

Thomas Vermaelen will also be missing but Jordi Alba and Dani Alves are set to start against Manchester City having sat out the win over Eibar due to their respective suspensions.

Martin Montoya should also be available if needed, despite picking up a facial injury in the win at Eibar.

Barca are 1.40 to win Wednesday’s game with City, who are 8.00 with the draw 5.25.

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