Enrique plays down Bayern edge

While Barca could be forced to fight until the final match to win their fifth title in seven years, Bayern will be able to rest up when they face Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday having already sealed a 25th German title.

“I would have preferred to have won the league 15 weeks ago, but that is not possible,??? said Enrique.

“I don’t think it is an advantage fighting until the end, but nor is it a disadvantage. It ensures we are on our guard.”

Indeed, Enrique has urged his side not to let up in the quest for a potential treble despite facing the doomed Cordoba on Saturday just days before entertaining Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Cordoba’s relegation back to the second tier after just one season in La Liga will be confirmed at the weekend unless they pull off a monumental upset to register their first league win since January.

By contrast, Barca have swept aside their opponents of late, including a stunning 6-0 thrashing of Getafe on Tuesday, to consolidate their two-point lead over Real Madrid with four La Liga games to play.

“When there are four games left, everyone has significant obligations and they are key matches in the championship,” Enrique added.

“We need to concentrate on winning our own points. If we win all the games it doesn’t matter what the opponents do. I obviously prefer that our rivals, in this case Real Madrid, struggle and drop points but what matters most to me is my team.

“Until you get to the finish line you don’t know if you have achieved the objectives. It is like if a marathon runner has a great time after 40 kilometres and then stops and starts to walk.”