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Valverde not willing to take chances against Sociedad

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Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is keen on securing a win against Real Sociedad as they close in on the La Liga title.

The Catalans are currently nine points above Atletico Madrid at the summit with six games left to play.

However, the prospect of securing a fourth domestic crown in five seasons and a possible treble remains the biggest motivation for Valverde.

But the former Athletic Bilbao boss is determined not to take his foot off the gas in pursuit of a third treble in the club’s history although he admitted he might reshuffle the squad.

“The league is at stake and we know it,” he said at a press conference. “This game is not just another game, it’s a game that can be an important step towards the title. We know that.

“It’s a good season so far, but we want it to be a complete one. We’re top of the league, we’ve got an advantage, but we want to finish there.

“We’ve won the treble twice in history. It’s not something you can say you have won lots of times.”

Valverde may end up playing star man Lionel Messi currently in an excellent scoring form with 12 goals in his last eight matches including his brace against United.

The Argentine record goalscorer is now only three short of reaching 600 goals for the club.

“I don’t know how to evaluate it,” added Valverde via FourFourTwo. “I’d like to have a selection of words that I could use so I wouldn’t keep repeating myself!

“He’s breaking every record, he’ll break many more and every time the fans come to watch him at Camp Nou, or any other ground, they expect something special and he always pulls it off. They go home happy.”