Marc-Andre Ter Stegen keeping treble talk in check


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Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits Barcelona’s supporters are dreaming of the treble this season but the club’s players are not getting too carried away.

Blaugrana last won the La Liga title, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in the same season under the guidance of Luis Enrique in 2015 and the current squad appear well set to replicate that achievement.

Barca are nine points clear at the top of the La Liga standings with just six matches left to play and they will take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final next month, while they booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League by beating Manchester United earlier this week.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will face Liverpool over two legs for a place in the final of Europe’s premier club competition and the club’s fans are starting to dream of winning the treble once again, although goalkeeper ter Stegen knows there is a lot of work to do if they are to achieve that objective.

“Fans in the street are asking me about the treble,” ter Stegen told Diario Sport.

“We are happy to have Liverpool in the semi-finals, that will be a great game to be involved in but we know at this stage of the season anything can happen.”

The Germany international admits Barca’s first priority is to wrap up the La Liga title as soon as possible and they can move a step closer to achieving that objective by beating Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Saturday.

“We know we still have to win three league games and this is our primary objective, this will not be straightforward,” the 26-year-old added.

Barca are priced at 1.22 to secure all three points from that match, while Sociedad are available at 12.00 to spring a surprise and the draw is on offer at 6.50.

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