FC Barcelona's Luis Enrique wary of threat posed by high-flying Sevilla FC

FC Barcelona's Luis Enrique wary of threat posed by high-flying Sevilla FC

Asturian coach emphasises the Andalusians' excellent start to the season and the quality of football they are playing under new coach Sampaoli

FC Barcelona face Sevilla on Sunday in the 11th La Liga fixture of the season at the Sánchez Pizjuán, where they have already won in the Spanish Super Cup. Luis Enrique spoke to the press ahead of the game against Sampaoli's men and here's the pick of the quotes:

  • “It will be a difficult game as Sevilla are in a strong position. To win we will need to get the upper hand in the individual battles all over the pitch.”
  • “Sevilla has had a spectacular start to the season playing good football and they are very hard to beat at home. If they are in a strong league position it is because they deserve it and this will be a tough game against a difficult opponent.”
  • “Sevilla have lots of people who can play through the middle like Nasri, Vitolo, Franco Vázquez but they are also dangerous from the flanks with their full-backs. We will have to win the battles all over the pitch.”
  • “The Andalusian team is evolving with a new coach and he needs enough time to make the team his own.”
  • “We need to win all the games, regardless of previous results. You have to keep winning and competing. It will be an entertaining and difficult match.”
  • “Sevilla is a club that has a high turnover of players and this year they also have a new manager but they are improving all the time. From what they have shown so far, they could be in with a chance of winning the league.”
  • “I publicly congratulate Sergio Busquets on his attitude and behaviour. He is a key player and I am very happy with him. My players aren't machines, they can have ups and downs. We shouldn't criticise him excessively.”
  • “The recovery process for an injured player is controlled by the player himself and the medical services.”
  • “The game we won in the Super Cup is a reference point. However, they are changing the way they play as the season progresses. So, it won't be a determining factor.”
  • “We want to reach the decisive period of the season with a real chance of winning all the competitions we are in.”
  • “We prepare for all the games with the same idea, irrespective of whether we are playing home or away. We want to stop the opposition creating chances and to control the game via possession of the ball.”
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