Iniesta: Liga title more important than Champions League

The Barcelona midfielder believes securing a fourth league crown in five seasons would represent a greater accomplishment than continental success
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta insists regaining La Liga from Real Madrid this season is a more important accomplishment than potentially winning the Champions League.

Tito Vilanova’s side is currently 13 points clear of its rivals at the top of the table with just seven games to play, meaning it is a near-certainty to recapture the league crown from the Spanish capital.

Despite a mouthwatering Champions League semifinal tie against Bayern Munich approaching, the Spain international believes domestic glory is a bigger achievement for Barca.

“Last year we lost the league so this year we had it as our goal,” he told El Mundo Deportivo.

“If we do come back and win it back again, that will be four titles in this five-year cycle which will be hugely significant. It is a very difficult task to achieve that considering the rivals we are up against.

“I have no doubt the importance people give the league. I have always said it is the most important title for me; I like it because it is the result of hard work every day, every week and every year.

"The league is the most important, as it reflects consistency and the work you put in. The Champions League is very prestigious, but it's a competition which is very tough, special and unique. People do value the league.

“Madrid are very powerful competitors who have shown they have great ability. So you have to give more value to winning the league back after losing it a season ago.”