Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique’s Barcelona side have done the double over Atletico Madrid in La Liga this season

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says he has “blind faith” in his players to keep winning silverware despite the end of the club’s 39-match unbeaten run.

Holders Barca face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, four days after losing El Clasico 2-1 to Real Madrid.

“We had almost forgotten what losing was,” Enrique said on Monday.

“Our team has more than enough to keep being the same it has been.”

Despite Saturday’s defeat, Barca could yet finish the season with five trophies.

Having already won the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup, the Catalans are six points clear of Atletico at the top of La Liga and have reached the Copa del Rey final.

“Atletico are very dangerous. It’s going to be very complicated for us,” said Enrique.

“I have blind faith in my players and blind faith in the way Barca have been playing in order to win titles the last few years.

“That is the way we have to keep playing.”

“We want to win the treble”

Defender Gerard Pique says Barcelona will not allow Saturday’s defeat to derail their hopes of winning a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble.

“We want to prove why we are the team that has won everything,” said the 29-year-old former Manchester United player.


Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp in May 2014 to win La Liga

“We want to win on Tuesday and win the treble.

“We’re facing a tough opponent that knows how to defend. We’ll do everything we can to make the final. Nobody is more convinced than we are.”

Barca tie ‘like a final’ for Atletico

Atletico’s Argentine forward Angel Correa has likened the quarter-final tie to a final.

Atletico are second in La Liga, six points behind leaders Barca, with seven games remaining.

“We all know how Barcelona play,” said Correa.

“We will try and play a good match and play it as if it were a final. We’ll try to have a good result so we can then advance at home with our people.”

Defender Diego Godin is expected to shrug off a hamstring injury to start.

Familiar rivals

This is the 13th meeting between Barcelona and Atletico in less than three years.

Barcelona have won the past six meetings, with Atletico’s last victory in the Champions League quarter-finals in April 2014.

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