Luis Enrique was not just delighted after his team started their Liga campaign with a 3-0 win over Elche. He was more than delighted. “The game had a little bit of everything” he said. “Elche were very organised at first but we gradually started creating chances and showed what resources we’ve got”.
Just after Leo Messi had made it 1-0, Mascherano was red carded. “The sending off made the game harder for us” explained the FCB manager. “But we knew we had to take less risks and then individual actions in attack helped us”. Luis Enrique was also thrilled to see that his Argentinian striker is back to top form. “Messi is the best player in the world” he glowed. “But in almost all aspects of the game. He’ll remain the best in the world for as long as he wants to be.”Munir breaks with a speed that’s very difficult to deal with. But he does it all so naturally
But the man everyone was talking about after the match was Munir, the 18 year old who followed his brace in the Gamper with another goal on his official first team debut. “Munir breaks with a speed that’s very difficult to deal with” said the Asturian. “But he does it all so naturally. He’s got a lot of character and he’ll be a great help to us, as will so many other players.”
“All of the team members will be important and play key roles this season” he continued, and also explained Xavi’s absence by saying that “he wasn’t in peak condition and I preferred to leave him out …For me it’s not a matter of a first eleven and substitutes”.It was a nice night for everyone, but especially the ones who were making their debuts at the Camp Nou
But Luis Enrique refused to take the credit for tonight’s spectacular start to the season. “My only responsibility is to ensure that the players are in the very best possible condition” he said. “They are the ones who go out and play and they deserve all the credit. It was a nice night for everyone, but especially the ones who were making their debuts at the Camp Nou”.
All in all, it was a very, very good day at the office, and Luis Enrique was happy to be able to say that “the Barça fans have gone home happy.”