Enrique takes swipe at critics

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Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique reacted angrily to suggestions his side struggled in their 2-0 win over Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday.

Barca played for nearly an hour with a man advantage after Heiko Westermann was sent off for picking up two bookings in the first half, but the Catalans were unable to replicate the form that saw them thrash Sporting Gijon 6-0 and Deportivo 8-0 in their previous two games.

However, Enrique was less than impressed when journalists at the post-match press conference suggested his side had not played at their best.

"What's the problem, if you don't win 8-0, does it not count? This is a very competitive league with three teams fighting for the title," he said. "I don't think we suffered at all, given the pressure you are under in these games, I think we played really well."

Both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid picked up wins to see Atleti remain level on points with Barca while Los Blancos are just one point behind and Enrique knows it is going to be a tense run in to the end of the season.

"Looking at the results I don't think any of the three teams are going to slip up and [the title is] in our own hands," he added.

"I think people have become used to us being so good that they have lost sight of what competitive football is. The first half was a bit of a battle but in the second half we were the better team and we were able to finish them off."