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Luis Enrique knew how important it was to win at Vallecas / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Barça have won away again, and also kept yet another clean sheet. At Vallecas, two consecutive goals from Leo Messi and Neymar in the first half brought another three points for Luis Enrique to savour. “The win has reinforced us” he said in his post-match press conference. “The players had the right attitude and performed as they had to against an awkward and hard-working opponent.”

A new all-time best was set in the game. Claudio Bravo beat Artola’s 1977/78 record by lasting seven matches into a season without conceding a single goal. “More than the individual record for one player, it’s the overall performance of the whole team that matters to me,” said Luis Enrique. “The only stats that I really care about come at the end of the season, and will be the ones that tell us whether we deserve to win the title”.More than the individual record for one player, it’s the overall performance of the whole team that matters to meun rècord per a un jugador, el que ens importa és el rendiment global de l’equip

Apart from two great goals from Messi and Neymar, Vallecas also witnessed a terrific showing in defence. “We have improved in defence and we’re in fine condition” he said. “Our style is to create plays and for our opponent to create as few as possible. Generally, we are improving … At a ground like Vallecas it is essential to play intense football, and I think we got it just right.”I hope Messi and Neymar continue to develop this connection because it gives us more options

He did single out certain players for special mention. On Mathieu, who played at left back, he said that “each player has certain things to offer, and Jeremy can deliver a fine performance in either position.” On Saturday’s goalscorers, Messi and Neymar, he said “I hope they continue to develop this connection that they have because it gives us more options for getting in on goal.” And as for his goalkeepers, he commented that “all three of them transmit a huge sense of security and always choose the right options to deal with each situation.”


Luis Enrique: "It's a victory that strengthens us" por fcbarcelona

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