Barca and Real ramp up title challenge

Barcelona mentor Ronald Koeman's statement that his side are mounting a test in the Liga title race will be scrutinized on Saturday when Valencia visit the Camp Nou. 

The Catalans have persevered through a conflicting season up until now, losing multiple times effectively in the alliance, and sit six focuses off pacesetters Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad and Real Madrid. 

In any case, with no group pulling endlessly in a fully open fight at the top, Barca are discovering structure and thought back to their best on Wednesday when they dug out from a deficit to beat Sociedad 2-1. 

Koeman applauded his side's persistent squeezing after their success over Real Sociedad, when the Catalans at long last woke up after a dreadful beginning to the season. The outcome drove a bullish Koeman to propose he accepts they can mount a title challenge. 

"Truly (we can), it's in our grasp and there's far to go," he said. "We played the best half we have throughout the season, we were splendid with the ball and we squeezed hard." 

"This is the group I need to see. Each player happened of their skin. The greatest distinction was our play without the ball today, and Messi buckled down in that regard, squeezing a ton, thus did every other person," he said. 

Genuine, who were confronting an emergency toward the beginning of December after thrashing by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, have likewise been resurgent in the past fortnight and will look to keep up their title charge when they visit Eibar on Sunday.