Luis Enrique was speaking at Saturday lunchtime / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

[[DES_1]]Luis Enrique has spoken to the press on the eve of Barça’s first away trip of the season, which takes them to Villarreal, “one of the strongest teams in the league. We know the opponent and the venue. They have a good coach who has made good signings. It’ll be an attractive game for us and we’ll have to get things right in attack.” The game will see FCB up against three former players in Jonathan and Giovanni dos Santos, and Espinosa.We know the opponent and the venue. They have a good coach who has made good signings.

Barça will travel south on the morning of the match, and will be doing so with Neymar back in the squad, while Iniesta will stay in Barcelona as a precautionary measure after hurting his left knee. Luis Enrique confirmed that the Brazilian is fully fit and ready to play, adding that “every player offers something different. I already have the team picked, but not even the players know what it is yet.

And following the opening day win against Elche, the manager is confident about his side’s chances against the ‘Yellow Submarine’. “The players have been spectacular in training this week” he explained. “We need to see the team playing at its best … But every game is a new test. A team always needs time to adjust to a new coach, but I have not said that I need more time”.Douglas will do a lot for the team, especially in attack. I thank the club for working so hard to bring him here

He was also asked to comment on Gerard Piqué being excluded from the Spain squad, replying that “he has been having trouble with his hip. But he’s looked fine to me for the last few weeks and he’s ready to compete”. And as for new signing Douglas, the Asturian is confident that “he’ll do a lot for the team, especially in attack. He’ll be good for us and I thank the club for it’s hard work and effort to bring him here … In principle, I’ll be playing him in his natural position, but there’s always the option of moving him further up the field.”

A nice draw

Luis Enrique also commented on the draw for the Champions League group stage, which pits Barça against PSG, Ajax and APOEL. He said that “I like the draw. It’s difficult, but it’s an attractive challenge for us. We’ll need to do well right from the start”.