Iniesta returns for Barca against resurgent Villarreal

The Catalan giants are eager to splash the cash this summer in order to keep up with Real Madrid - who are set to go on a huge spending spree.

Barcelona will look to extend their winning run in La Liga to five matches when they host Villarreal at Camp Nou on 6 May.

Neymar returned from a three-match ban to feature in the 3-0 win against Espanyol last Saturday and there are no Barca players suspended for the game against Villarreal.

Luis Enrique says Real Madrid's success in the Champions League should be looked at in a more holistic manner.

The visitors are now fifth on the table and battling for a place in next season's Europa League.

The painful thought for Barca, though, is that even if they beat Fran Escriba's impressive side - and then Las Palmas and Eibar in their remaining two games - it still might not be enough for them to win their third consecutive title under Luis Enrique. He added: "Villarreal are a team that present many difficulties in defence as they position themselves so well".

Real Madrid vs. Granada in La Liga action. That's because three wins and a draw from four games - Granada, Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Malaga, three of which are away from home - will see Zinedine Zidane's Madrid win their first La Liga crown since 2012.

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Sure, you can-ideally-control and frustrate Barcelona, but to be honest, with the front three they have, it is hard to play 90 minutes without them having at least a handful of good chances. "From here on, it will depend on what we do and later what our rivals do", Enrique said in a press conference on Friday.

La Liga leaders Barcelona have been boosted by the return of captain Andres Iniesta for the must-win game against a Villarreal side who have made a habit of taking points off Spain's top sides this season. Now in fifth place, they need to keep pace with Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao to finish in a Champions League spot.

  • Julie Sanders