Barcelona president: We’re more than dreaming of treble

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 28: President Josep Maria Bartomeu of FC Barcelona applauds before the UEFA Women's Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg match between FC Barcelona Women and Olympique Lyon Women at Mini Estadi on March 28, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

President Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that winning the treble is more than a simple dream for Barcelona after taking a big step towards retaining their La Liga crown.

Ernesto Valverde’s side moved 11 points clear at the top of La Liga following a 2-0 win against title rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday at Camp Nou.

The visitors were reduced to 10-men when Diego Costa received a red card for allegedly insulting the referee Jesus Gil Manzano in the 27th-minute.

Despite a string of fine saves from Atletico keeper Jan Oblak, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi eventually found the net late on to secure all three points for Barcelona.

With a Copa del Rey final against Valencia and a Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United coming up, Barcelona remain firmly in the hunt for their first treble since the 2014/15 campaign.

And Bartomeu is adamant that the Blaugrana intend to make the treble dream a reality.

“More than dreaming, we’re working for that,” said Bartomeu, according to Yahoo.

“We have to keep fighting because there are 21 points in play to go, seven games, and Atletico are a great team who fight to the end and will not give up.”

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He added: “Eleven points is a good difference, we would have taken that in the summer.

“It’s not luck that Atletico are second, they’re a great team and it was really hard to beat them, we could only score at the end of the game.”

The Catalan giants will now head out over to Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with United on Wednesday.

The last time these two sides had met in the competition came during the 2011 final, where Barcelona claimed a 3-1 win at Wembley following goals from Pedro, Messi and David Villa.