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Barcelona coach calls on fans to show their faces against Valencia as title challenge wobbles

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has called on the club’s fans to turn up and fill the Nou Camp for their match against Valencia next weekend and save the Catalans’ faltering title challenge.

The Catalan giants have now not won in their last three matches, and with their undefeated streak having come to an end, the reigning European champions risk falling into disarray at the crunch time in the campaign.

Following on from last weekend’s defeat against arch rivals Real Madrid—where Barca took the lead but where undone following second-half strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo—Luis Enrique’s side fell to a defeat away at Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for the Basque side inside the five minutes, and Barca, perhaps wilting after their exploits against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, failed to respond as fatigue and lethargy took over.

Barca face a crunch match against Valencia at home next weekend, as they look to reassert themselves as champions elect.

Ahead of the match, Luis Enrique has called on his fans to fill the Camp Nou.

“This [match] was evidence,” the coach said after the defeat, as per AS. “We have not been at the level in some matches.

“I want a full Nou Camp as never before against Valencia.”

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