MADRID (AP) — Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino called on his team Saturday to take advantage of its opportunity to turn a disastrous season into a winning one by securing an unlikely Spanish league title.
Barcelona trails Atletico Madrid by three points with two games to play but can retain its crown by winning both games since it hosts the leader on the final day.
A week after a 2-2 draw to Getafe left Barcelona ruing a late-season collapse and staring at a season without silverware, Barcelona remains in the hunt thanks to Atletico's defeat last weekend.
"From the best team in Europe to a disastrous one, we still have the same possibilities of winning a title. We don't necessarily need to be the best version of Barcelona but (we need) to win these last two games," Martino said Saturday.
"We've got a unique opportunity, but you've got to respond on the field. We have maximum expectations but what we manage to achieve is something else altogether."
Barcelona will be without striker Neymar and defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba at Elche on Sunday, when Atletico hosts Malaga.
Martino did not speculate about his future after sport director Andoni Zubizarreta met with Celta Vigo coach and former Barcelona player Luis Enrique midweek.
However, the Argentine sounded like a coach counting down his days.
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