On Sunday 17 April, FC Barcelona host Valencia and on Saturday 23 they host Sporting Gijon, two dates that may be key to the outcome of this year's league title. With the team out of the Champions League, the domestic championship and the Copa del Rey are the team's targets for the final stretch of the season, and Camp Nou will play a decisive role.
Attendance will be important as the team looks to the 12th man to help propel them to victory. Recent games saw boatloads of fans pack the stadium — 88,534 against Atletico in the Champions League; 99,264 against Real Madrid; 76,092 against Arsenal and 87,533 against Getafe.
Barça still hold the top spot in the league standings despite the last two defeats. The team's great play throughout the season has provided a cushion of points that has come in handy. Barça currently have a three-point lead over Atlético Madrid and four over Real Madrid. There are still 18 points in play while Barça lead both teams in goal differential as well.
There's no time to regret this week's Champions League exit as Luis Enrique's squad have three games in six days to maintain or extend their lead — Barça also visit Riazor to face Deportivo La Coruña on Wednesday at 8.00pm CET. After that, Barça visit Betis, host Espanyol and then close out La Liga in Granada.
After Thursday's Board meeting, the club made an appeal to all members and fans to come out to Camp Nou en masse as against Valencia to give maximum support to the team. With two titles still there for the taking, the fans could play a vital role in bringing them home.
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