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Barcelona coach: Things are back in our own hands

Gerardo Martino says that Barcelona have every chance of winning La Liga this season.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino believes that they control their own destiny as far as winning La Liga is concerned.

The Catalan giants are currently second in the league table with 72 points from 30 matches, a point behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

The Blaugrana appeared to be struggling when they went down 1-0 to Real Valladolid away from home on March 8, but since then, they have registered four wins in a row in all competitions.

The defending Spanish champions got the better of Real Madrid 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend and then defeated Celta de Vigo 3-0 in midweek.

Barca will take on Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday, and a victory at Estadi Cornella-El Prat could take them top of the table if Atletico and Real both lose.

“I’ll only speak about consistency if the league ends well for us,” Martino told reporters.

“That is basically what this team needs. But things are back in our own hands.

“And that’s very important because we are playing Atletico in the last game of the season.”

However, winning against Espanyol will not be easy for Barcelona, and Martino knows that.

Javier Aguirre’s side will head into the derby positioned eighth in the standings with 40 points, with a place in Europe not completely out of contention as sixth-placed Real Sociedad are nine points ahead of them.

Moreover, the Periquitos have lost just one of their five games, and that was to title-challengers Atletico.

“Espanyol are a very similar side to Atletico Madrid,” said Martino. “They generate pressure and make every game difficult.

“I expect a complex game. It’ll be tight, with very little space, and that will make us uncomfortable.”

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