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Martino: This will be Barcelona's first title as terrestrials

The Argentine coach feels the Blaugrana were made to fight hard for success this term and has stressed that the outcome of Saturday's game will not affect his future

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino believes it will be the Catalans' first trophy as "normal human beings" if they beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday to clinch the Liga title.

The Blaugrana are currently trailing leaders Atleti by three points, but a win at Camp Nou at the weekend will see them leapfrog the Vicente Calderon side on their superior head-to-head record and Martino feels Barca showed this season they are only human after impressing with some "extra-terrestrial performances" in the past few years.

"If we win the Primera Division title this season, it will be this team's first win as normal people, a hard-fought title," Martino stated at a press conference.

"The other titles were all won by a team of extra-terrestrials.

"I really want to win the title for the players. It has been a very difficult year for them with everything that has happened.

"Winning La Liga will not change much for me. I will decide what I want to do irrespective of trophies."

The Argentine then went on to reveal that Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Neymar are all match fit again, but added that it will be hard to pick the right starting XI to beat Atleti.

"Neymar, Pique and Alba have worked very hard to return. Now we will see whether they play or not.

"It will not be easy to choose the right starting line-up."

Saturday's match at Camp Nou is scheduled to kick off at 18:00CET.