Messi keen to take advantage

Barcelona (evens to win the La Liga title) forward Lionel Messi has attempted to fire his team-mates up ahead of the penultimate weekend in La Liga by insisting they can’t afford to waste another opportunity.

Gerardo Martino’s men looked out of the title race a number of weeks ago but a number of errors from Real Madrid and Atletico have allowed them back into the title race.

However, they haven’t helped themselves after conceding a late goal against Getafe to draw 2-2 at the Nou Camp.

They were handed another lifeline by Atletico after their 2-0 defeat to Levante, and they now sit three points behind Atletico with two games to go. The reigning La Liga champions can still win the title if they win their final two games against Elche and Atletico on the final day.

Elche (10/1 to beat Barcelona, draw 6/1, 2/9) will pose a challenge as they still need a point to guarantee their safety at the bottom of the table.

Martino will be without injured trio Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Neymar for Sunday’s clash but all three could be back for the final weekend.

Messi has warned his teammates that they cannot afford to let this final chance slip.

He said: “We are in a better position today than we were a few weeks ago.

“We can see that we have an opportunity to win the league. We need to take advantage of this moment and not let it escape.”

Barcelona will be confident of producing the goods, and they’ll be hoping Malaga can do them a favour with Diego Costa doubtful for Sunday’s crucial game.

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