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Luis Enrique has been approached by Chelsea and PSG, says Guillem Balague

Luis Enrique has been approached by Chelsea and PSG, says Guillem Balague

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Guillem Balague runs through five things coming out of Spain this weekend, explaining that former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has had calls from both Chelsea and PSG.

In the La Liga title race, Atletico Madrid are now seven points behind leaders Barcelona after their win over Malaga, while Barca could only draw with Getafe. Real Madrid saw off Real Sociedad 5-2, plus there's positive news from Sevilla.
Luis Enrique has options

The former Barcelona manager has been approached by intermediates who say they are calling on behalf of both Chelsea and PSG. It will be an interesting dilemma for him, because he of course will want to go to a team who can challenge for absolutely everything.

It's quite clear that the PSG option provides him with the opportunity to win titles, but in the case of Chelsea, he has been preparing for the possibility of going to the Premier League for a long time.

He has been learning English for a while, and he has told me in the past that he has a fascination with the Premier League, but his future is not determined yet.

Atleti's title push

Very quietly, sneakily almost, Atleti are actually becoming La Liga title contenders. Why is that? Well, they are seven points away from Barcelona after beating Malaga 1-0 on Saturday, and they still have room for improvement.

With the Champions League resuming for Barcelona, and despite their interest in doing well in the Europa League, this is really a good opportunity for Atletico to go a step closer to the La Liga leaders.

What do I mean by room for improvement? Well, they haven't seen the best of Diego Costa yet; he's scored three in seven games, and while Antoine Griezmann is getting back to his best, the link between the two can, and will, improve.

Koke has also not performed as well as we know he can. He has moved from the right-hand side of midfield to the centre, and sometimes to the left. One of the keys to Costa's success during his first spell at Atletico was that link between him and Koke also. That link can come about again. Remember, this is an Atletico side who have scored only 34 goals in the league this season, by far the lowest in the top four and 26 goals fewer than Barcelona.

Of course their defence has to be incredibly strong to stand a chance to win the league, and they are at the moment. They've conceded just one goal in their last six, and just nine goals conceded by Jan Oblak all season. That's just unbelievable. For me, Oblak is the best goalkeeper in the world right now.

But offensively, they can get much better, and I have a feeling they will get even closer to Barcelona in the coming month. And when they do, we will see if they can actually challenge for the title. But their moment will arrive.

Catalan dependence

Barcelona really do depend far too much on Lionel Messi. That's something Atletico don't have: a reliance on one player.

Barcelona are not getting enough from their players from the bench; new signing Yerry Mina looked unstable in the 0-0 draw with Getafe, whose goalkeeper Vicente Guaita had a fantastic game. He, as we know, will sign for Crystal Palace in the summer. Yes, Getafe knew how to play Barcelona, closing the channels and keeping the defensive line close with the midfield line. Barcelona could not beat that, and depended on Messi to do something special.

 

Source: skysports.com

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