Enrique: The decisive stretch has begun

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says his team are well placed to defend their league title as they enter the business end of the season.

The Catalan's are now eight points clear at the top of La Liga after beating Eibar 4-0 at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on Sunday, with Munir El Haddadi opening the scoring before Lionel Messi bagged a brace and Luis Suarez wrapped it up late on.

"We're where we want to be thanks to the work we've done," Enrique said after the match. "Everything went well for us, such as in overcoming high-pressure situations and tracking back.

"We were good throughout the match. I have nothing to criticise. If we played at a lower level, we'd have suffered. It's very difficult to face this team. I think we were even better than we were at Vallecas.

"Munir was great. He participated in all the right ways, did everything we asked of him and has great ability, despite being a young lad. We aren't afraid of playing so well. These players do as they like, which is competing and winning.

"The decisive stretch of the season is now under way. In the League, we're very well placed, but there are many more games to play and ones against direct rivals. It is only won when mathematically there are no more points. Up until that day, the League goes on."

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