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Barcelona being harmed by fixture schedule

Barcelona have been "harmed" by this week's La Liga fixture schedule, coach Ernesto Valverde said on Wednesday.

Barca, who sit seven points above nearest rivals Atletico Madrid in the table, visit Las Palmas on Thursday on the island of Gran Canaria, a three-and-a-half-hour flight from mainland Spain.

Three days later they host second-placed Atletico in a potentially pivotal tie in the title race.

Atletico face local rivals Leganes at home on Wednesday and the Barca coach feels that could work in favour of Diego Simeone’s side when the top two meet on Sunday.

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