Three losses on the spin in La Liga and out of the Champions League, Barcelona find themselves in a position nobody thought they would be in. Come Wednesday, Barca need to show their fighting spirt when they travel to face Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor.
Going into the final five matches of the La Liga season, it could not be any closer at the top, with Barcelona, who had a nine-point advantage, only leading the standings thanks to a better head-to-head record. Atletico Madrid are second, level on 76 points with Barca, with Real Madrid a point behind in third.
While Barcelona play Deportivo in the early game on Wednesday, Atletico, who knocked Barca out of the Champions League last week, and Real Madrid will face off against Atheltic Bilbao and Villarreal respectively. Any more slipups from Barcelona, and their title defence could be over, especially considering the way the other two teams are playing.
"The first thing we want is to win at Depor and grow our confidence," Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was quoted as saying by the club's official website. "Winning away is always difficult and even more so in our situation, but we will try to exploit weaknesses of a team that defends very well."
Seemingly cruising to the La Liga title, before Barcelona played Real Madrid in the El Clasico at the start of this month, everything unravelled in a hurry, leaving Luis Enrique's men in serious danger of losing their grip on the title, as defeats to Real Sociedad and Valencia, last weekend, followed.
Just like that, goals that were coming in bucketloads from the boots of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have dried up, showing just how much Barcelona depend on their front three.
If the trio does not fire, Barcelona, who will be without the suspended Gerard Pique, invariably find it difficult to top their opponents, so, against Deportivo, a team they have only managed 2-2 draws with in the last two games, the MSN combination will need to find their form.
"I'm convinced we're going to win the league, if I wasn't I wouldn't sit here," Enrique added to the Guardian. "I like adversity, that's how I am. I want to turn this around, win (against Deportivo) and put on a show. I want to delight the fans who are behind us."
Where to Watch Live
Deportivo vs Barcelona is scheduled for an 8 p.m. CET (11.30 p.m. IST, 7 p.m. BST, 2 p.m. ET) start, with live TV coverage in India on Sony ESPN. Sonyliv is the online live streaming option to watch the match in India.
Audience in Spain can catch Deportivo vs Barca live on Canal+, Abono and Movistar TV Futbol.
Sky Sports 3 will broadcast the La Liga match live in the UK, while the live stream option is on Sky Go.
Audience in the Australia, Middle East, North Africa, US, Canada, Thailand and France can watch the game live on Bein Sports, while the action can also be live streamed on Bein Sports Connect.