Luis Enrique Martínez was delighted with his team’s 4-2 win over Leicester City at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday night, but insisted that more than the result “the priority objective is to get the players back to competition fitness, and things are looking very good in that respect.”
Asked about two-goal hero Munir, the Barça manager said that “I have every confidence in him. He is a young and enthusiastic player. He never stops working and always delivers.”
He also commented after the game that “Leicester City were the big surprise in football last season. We played very well in the first half by not giving them any space. In the second half they made two top class moves and scored two goals out of them.”
He also commended the younger members of his preseason squad, saying that “they all have class, hunger and quality.”
Several of the players also shared words with the press after the final whistle in Stockholm, and here’s a round-up of the best quotes:
“The team did well both in a fitness and a football sense. We did very well against Celtic and had a good game today too. That’s the way forward”.
“We’re doing the same things as ever. I think these two years under Luis Enrique have gone very well but there are always things to improve and we’ll keep working to start the season as well as we can”.
“Wembley brings back memories for all Barça fans and it will be a nice part of the tour to go there, especially against a historic club like el Liverpool. It’ll be a nice game and I hope we win”.
“There are no words to describe what it’s like to play with the best in the world. It is any footballer’s dream since we were kids”.
“I tried my luck and I couldn’t believe it when it went in. I ran to the side-lines and thought about all my family and friends that helped me get here”.
“The trident are the best in the world. And the best to train with too. They’re like a mirror and I always try to copy them, even when it comes to eating!”
“Being able to travel with the first team and get to play games in a stadium like this is really awesome and something really nice to experience”.
“The stars make it so much easier. They have all the mechanisms down to a T and that helps a lot. They correct you too and games like this really help you to improve”.