Pique rested against Granada; Ramos out of Madrid squad

But Barcelona were soon in front once more when Suarez played in Alcacer, who added the second with a powerful shot from close-range for his fourth goal of the season.

The Catalan giants now sit two points behind Real Madrid in the domestic standings, while a heavyweight quarter-final encounter with Juventus awaits them in Europe.

The coach also won't be able to count on Lionel Messi, who is serving a yellow-card suspension.

"It's the squad that wins you titles", Luis Enrique said after the game.

Messi was cautioned for dissent in the closing stages of Barcelona's 4-2 triumph over Valencia last month, meaning he will miss the journey south but be available for Wednesday's visit of third-spotted Sevilla.

"The match against Granada will be hard, " he said. For 10 rounds to the finish of the championship Granada with 19 points ranked 19 in the example, behind the saving line 17 on the score of 7 points.

"As we approach the end of the season, the points are more important".

The forward has been tremendous for Barcelona since his arrival in 2013 and proven he can consistently make incisive, match-winning contributions as well as display his technical skill and flair.

Barcelona lost its last away game in this championship Deportivo 1: 2.

Real Madrid's Isco Alarcon, right, duels for the ball with Victor Camarasa during a Spain's La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 2, 2017.

But coach Lucas Alcaraz remains upbeat about his side's chances of stunning their visitors.

"We started well, dealing with the opponent's high press, creating chances and perhaps we lacked a little precision in the final metres, but the 1-0 score at half-time reflected our dominance. We need to win a match by two or three goals to regain our confidence".

"They are players that are overloaded with minutes (throughout the season) and these small breaks are good for them". Hopefully this will not be a recurring problem for the Brazilian midfielder.

  • Julie Sanders