Luis Enrique predicts difficult title race

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique predicts another three-way La Liga title race this season.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes that Atletico Madrid will once again challenge for the La Liga title this season.

The capital outfit were somewhat surprise winners of the Spanish championship last season, claiming their first league trophy since 1996.

Enrique has said that Diego Simeone's side will once again be firmly in the race this time around, in addition to Barcelona's "eternal rivals" Real Madrid.

"Atleti have the same ideas as they did last season, and have maybe even perfected them. Before the league had started last year, I thought they looked like a clear contender for the title, and I also think they'll do well in the Champions League again," he told reporters.

"As for Real Madrid, they're our eternal rival and have made some very good signings too."

Barcelona face Elche in their La Liga opener on Sunday evening.

Real Madrid's defender Daniel Carvajal vies with Atletico Madrid's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 19, 201
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