Luis Enrique remains defiant and motivated by Barcelona’s slump, as he looks to restore them in the clash against Deportivo La Coruna.
Barcelona have taken just one point from their last four liga games and only top the table by a superior head-to-head record over Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid just one point behind the pair.
Sunday’s 2-1 loss at home to Valencia was Barcelona’s third in a row in La Liga, having previously lost the Clasico to Real and been defeated by Real Sociedad.
Atleti have also dumped Barca out of the Champions League but Luis Enrique is remaining bullish as he tries to arrest his side’s slump, crediting his upbringing in the northern Spanish city of Gijon for firing his passion for a fight.
“Maybe it’s because I’m from Gijon but I get high on adversity,” he told reporters.
“You might find that strange – some people enjoy winning more; I like these kind of challenges. They motivate me. You can’t imagine how I feel going into tomorrow’s game and how thrilled we will be if we break this run.
“If it doesn’t work out then I will be the first to congratulate who wins the league.
“Of course [I believe Barcelona will retain La Liga]. If I had any doubt about that I wouldn’t be sitting here.
“We’re on a negative run in a sporting sense but I don’t think we need to take things out of their context. We just need to focus on what we can control.”
Barcelona’s recent collapse marks a stark contrast to the run of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions that preceded their Clasico loss, but Luis Enrique remains content with his players’ form.
“There is not one solution, it is the sum of a number of different factors that have accumulated,” he explained.
“Against Valencia it was quite unfair that we lost that game because we were clearly the superior side.
“We were playing all the football, creating all the chances but didn’t manage to turn the result around. I have nothing to criticise my team for, I think they have been doing the right things.”