Barça's Puyol promises focus
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has promised his team will not take Real Valladolid lightly this weekend as they look to clinch the Primera Division title for the second straight season.
Pep Guardiola's defending champions head into the final round fixtures a point clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid and knowing a home win over relegation-threatened Valladolid would guarantee the crown remains at the Nou Camp regardless of Madrid's result at Malaga.
But Puyol is not taking anything for granted, particularly given 18th-placed Valladolid's desperate need for points to retain their top-flight status. "It's a difficult game against a rival that is playing for survival," said the 32-year-old. "There are no easy games. This will be no stroll because the stakes are high for Valladolid.
"We approach the game with great gusto and with great respect," the hearty defender went on. "It will be important to keep anxiety controlled."
Barça have not secured the title on home soil during Puyol's 11 years in the senior side so far, and he would love to change that this weekend. "The important thing is winning, but with your fans it is a plus," he said.
Midfielder Andres Iniesta could return for the season finale after more than a month out with a hamstring injury, but fellow Spain star Xavi is suspended along with Brazilian defender Maxwell.