Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes his side will need almost 90 points to win this season's league title.

The Catalans already have 72 points, but with nine games still remaining, they sit just six clear of second-placed Real Madrid.

Guardiola knows his side's current total would have been enough to win the title in previous years, but says his team will need a lot more points to be crowned champions this time around.

"Teams have been champions with 70 points in the past, but there is still a long way for us to go - we will need to be in the high eighties to be champions because Real Madrid only have one game a week and they won't drop many points," he said.

And Guardiola believes Madrid's form will keep his side motivated in the run-in.

"Madrid will help us stay on our toes and will motivate us," he said.

Barcelona are already in the final of the Copa del Rey and took a giant step towards the Champions League last four with a 4-0 first-leg win over Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

And Guardiola believes his side must win a trophy.

"We need to win something and if we don't, that would be very disappointing," he said.

Barcelona host Recreativo Huelva on Saturday night and Guardiola hopes his side to continue their recent good form.

"We will have to keep the ball moving around to beat what will be a defensive rival," he said.

And the Barca coach wants the same commitment from his players.

"I hope the players are conscious of what we are playing for.

"The sooner we can get the victory the better," he said.

Eric Abidal and Gabi Milito remain sidelined, but Guardiola should have an otherwise full-strength squad to choose from for the match at the Nou Camp.

But the Catalans meet Bayern again in Germany on Tuesday night and Guardiola may decide to rest some of his players ahead of that clash.

Recreativo were rooted to the bottom of the Primera Liga earlier on this season, but have enjoyed something of a revival since Lucas Alacaraz replaced previous coach Manuel Zambrano late last year.

However, back-to-back defeats against Getafe and Sevilla have now seen the Andalusians drop back into the bottom three.

And with difficult fixtures against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villarreal ahead in the coming weeks, the Huelva-based side look to be in big trouble once again.

Recre will be without suspended trio Aitor Tornavaca, Adrian Colunga and Jesus Vazquez.

Javi Guerrero and Iago Bouzon look set to miss out through injury as well.

Nevertheless, Alcaraz hopes his side will be competitive.

"We know exactly what Barcelona can do.

"But we'll have to concentrate on competing well, and hope that after all our preparations, things turn out well," he said on Thursday.