FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique laments unrewarded effort against Málaga
Speaking after dropping two points in a 0-0 draw, the Asturian praises players' fighting spirit and denies that the absence of Leo Messi and Luis Suárez was the reason
A 0-0 draw was not the result that Luis Enrique was expecting from Saturday’s home fixture against Málaga, but the Barça manager still praised his players for the way they never stopped believing right up until the final whistle and also refused to draw comparisons between this game and the defeat at home to Alavés a few games ago.
Here’s a round-up of standout quotes from his post-match press conference:
“It is very difficult to create clear chances against a team that takes such a defensive approach.”
"I can only praise my team, my players and the fans. They didn’t get the reward that they deserved.”
“We are one of the teams that are most used to playing against sides that keep it tight at the back, but that doesn’t mean that we’re always going to find the solution”.
“Paco Alcácer played as well as the rest of the team. Very well. You have to be coherent in football. For a new player to score a lot of goals he needs to get a lot of playing time”.
“When a team has done everything that it can do to win, all you do is be that little bit more accurate with your finishing. That’s the only criticism I have of today’s performance”.
“It’s always positive to get a player like Piqué back. He has the potential to generate chances with his height. We tried to open up the play and get crosses to him”.
“We have also lost games with Messi and Suárez in the team. It is squads that win titles.”