Barcelona bounced back from a recent slump with a crucial 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday in LaLiga, taking a big step towards clinching their first title since 2019.
Ferran Torres's strike in the 44th minute proved to be the decisive goal, as Barcelona restored their 11-point lead over second-place Real Madrid with eight games remaining.
After two consecutive goalless draws, Barcelona was under pressure to regain their form and extend their lead at the top of the table.
Atletico Madrid, who arrived as Spain's most in-form side, put up a tough fight, but Torres's low finish from the edge of the box found the back of the net just before half-time, securing victory for Xavi Hernandez's side.
Barcelona's defence was solid throughout the game, recording their 23rd clean sheet of the season in LaLiga.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made a crucial save to deny Antoine Griezmann an equalizer, earning praise from Xavi after the match.
Barcelona also welcomed back Frenkie de Jong into the starting line-up after injury, while star midfielder Pedri made his return from a two-month absence, coming off the bench to a roaring reception from Spotify Camp Nou.
Both teams had chances to score in the second half, with Barcelona squandering some golden opportunities to extend their lead.
Raphinha and Gavi both mishit efforts from close range, and Robert Lewandowski missed a clear chance to score a second goal, opting to shoot wide instead of passing to an open teammate.
Despite a late handball appeal against Sergio Busquets, Barcelona held on to their narrow lead and secured the crucial three points.
The win puts them in a strong position to claim the LaLiga title, as they continue their pursuit of domestic glory under new manager Xavi Hernandez.