4 Key Remaining Fixtures in Barcelona's Liga Title Quest
However, there are a handful of fixtures between now and the end of the campaign that will be key to Barca's hopes of retaining the title.
If the Blaugrana can win those and not slip up in the others, then there's every chance that Andres Iniesta will have his hands on the prize come May.
Let's take a look at four key games in particular.
The first of the crunch games comes at the end of January when Atletico Madrid are the visitors to the Camp Nou.
Diego Simeone's side are playing above themselves again this season, and even though players like Jackson Martinez haven't lived up to their expectations, others have more than made up for it.
Antoine Griezmann in particular wouldn't look out of place at Barca, and the Frenchman has carried his team-mates at times.
If the status quo has remained the same by the time of this game, then Atleti will know that a win for them would keep them clear at the summit even if Barca were to then win their game in hand.
Simeone doesn't normally need to motivate his players but that will give them added impetus to go for the jugular.
It won't be an easy task, however.
Barca have won the last five games between the sides, and this match takes place just five days before the 10-year anniversary of the last time the Rojiblancos won at the Camp Nou, per Fussball Wettpoint.
It took Unai Emery over 20 attempts to finally get the better of Barcelona as a manager, but he managed it with Sevilla earlier this season.
They arrive at the Camp Nou at the end of February, and Luis Enrique will be keen to redress the balance.
By that point of the season, the pressure could be on for the Catalans, and if Emery has his way, Sevilla's battling qualities will knock the Blaugrana out of their stride again.
Villarreal are the form team in the league at present, and if they continue in the same vein, a trip to El Madrigal—sandwiched between the Champions League last-16 second leg against Arsenal and a second El Clasico—will be a nightmare fixture for Barca.
The Yellow Submarine have always proved the toughest of opponents for the Catalans, and as they are proving again in this campaign, they're looking likely to go the distance.
In the top four on merit, and having led the table for a point earlier in the season, Villarreal are hanging on the coat tails of the teams at the top.
Three points lost in this fixture could severely dent Barca's aspirations if things haven't changed too much before the meeting.
Like Enrique's Barca, Marcelino's Villarreal play without fear, and it should make for an intoxicating spectacle.
The big one. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid is when the rest of the football world stands still and admires.
Depending how well Zinedine Zidane has settled in to his managerial position at Los Blancos, results will have determined just how much is riding on this game come kick-off time at the start of April.
If Real play anywhere near as badly as they did at the Santiago Bernabeu, then Barca will claim an easy three points.
The intensity that authors many of their games just wasn't there in the last Clasico, and the 4-0 Barca win could easily have been doubled.
There will still be seven league games to play after this one, so the result won't decide anything. But that won't matter to any of the players from either side.
A classic Clasico is in prospect.
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