Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has rejected talks on ‘Tamudazo’ who poses a real threat to the club’s crown as both prepare to meet in a decisive Spanish legaue clash. Barca will host its Catalan rivals Espanyol in their penultimate La Liga game.
Espanyol icon Raul Tamudo infamously denied Barca of the title in 2007 when he scored at Camp Nou in the penultimate game of the season, leveling the match and sending the title to Real Madrid, but Enrique ignored the prospect of a repeat.
“I don’t remember anything from a month ago. I don’t care about something from years ago. The only thing that concerns me is to be better than they are and to win the game,” Lucho told reporters, according to AS, and didn’t want to reflect on this season’s derbies either.
“I don’t have any interest in talking about that. It’s useful since the Coaches are the same, although there are some variants as before they were defending in 4-4-2 and now 4-1-4-1. We have to focus on our strength, which is football. We think the Barca fans know the need to be animated in the stands.
“There are games with special circumstances. And if you add to that the difficulty that there are two games until the end of the season, it complicates everything. It’s a major challenge.”
Barca could however be crowned champions on Sunday, if they win, Atletico Madrid lose at already-relegated Levante and Madrid fails to anything other than win at home to Valencia.
“It’s one of the options, why not? It might not happen but you have to focus on winning the points to see if you can be champions. What concerns me is that the team is dedicated to playing football. The only thing we can control is our game. We can’t be focused on what happens elsewhere. There’s time,” he noted.
Raúl Tamudo Montero (born 19 October 1977) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.
An icon at Espanyol, he captained the club for almost a decade, playing in nearly 400 official games. Tamudo won two Copa del Rey with the club. He is also the club’s all-time top goal scorer with 140 goals.
The former Spanish striker, amassed La Liga totals of 407 games and 146 goals over the course of 17 seasons, also representing in the competition Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano.