Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has suggested that he may decide to take his afternoon siesta rather than watch the Madrid derby between Real and Atletico on Saturday, with his greatest focus taking three points off Malaga in the evening and keeping the pressure on Los Blancos in the title race.

"What time is it on?" Enrique asked at his pre-game press conference (via Marca) when pressed if he would be watching the action at the Bernabeu while Barça prepare in Andalucia.


"At four (CET)? I will possibly watch it. If not, I'll have my siesta, which is also a possibility."

Trailing Real by two points in the La Liga standings, and having played a game more, Enrique is plainly aware that the only chance his team has of retaining their crown is by winning all of their own games first. That starts with a tricky away game at Malaga this evening.

"Against Malaga we have always found it difficult, so let's see if we can still keep fighting for the league," the 2015 treble winning coach commented.

"If we don't take three points then it complicates things and if we don't win in Malaga we will have a lot of difficulty [retaining the title]. We have already had time to look ahead, because every game is very important, but now we are thinking of Malaga and nothing more."


With Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic suspended for the game, La Masia graduates and Barça B players Carles Aleña and Alex Carbonell have been given the call to travel with the first-team.

Aleña has featured as a substitute in each of the last La Liga two games, making his debut in the first of those against Granada last weekend, while fellow teenager Carbonell is yet to make a league appearance following on from his senior debut in the Copa del Rey in November.

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