The challenges facing FC Barcelona in the final stretch of the league season
Eight games left in La Liga and if Koeman's team win them all then they will be league champions
FC Barcelona's fate is once again in their own hands. After a weekend in which they claimed the Copa del Rey title, results in La Liga also mean that Ronald Koeman's team regain the league championship by winning their remaining eight games.
The meeting with Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday, 8 May at 4.15pm CEST looks like being a key fixture. Although the blaugranes face similar challenges in the league title run in.
Right now the league table looks like this:
Atlético Madrid: 70 points
Real Madrid: 67 points
FC Barcelona: 65 points (with a game in hand)
Sevilla: 64 points
Barça's next league fixture will be against a combative Getafe side. A squad with former blaugranes Marc Cucurella and Carles Aleñá will visit Camp Nou on Thursday 22 April at 10.00pm CEST. The weekend sees a trip to Villarreal on Sunday 25 April at 4.15pm CEST with in form striker Gerard Moreno a threat in another stern test for Ronald Koeman's team.
Midweek fixtures continue the following week as on Thursday 29 April at 7.00pm CEST, Barça host Granada at Camp Nou in a fixture postponed due to the Copa del Rey final. The following Sunday the blaugranes face a tricky trip to Valencia with kick off at 9.00pm CEST in Mestalla.
All eyes on week 35
Week 35 in La Liga offers up Barça v Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou and a possible return for ex-blaugrana Luis Suárez and also a fixture between the two other candidates for the league title, Real Madrid and Sevilla.
After the four aspiring league champions have faced each other, Barça will have just three games left with a trip to Levante, a home game against Celta Vigo and a trip to Eibar on 22/23 May, the final weekend of the league campaign.