Luis Enrique gives instructions to his players during Barça's 6–1 win over Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After Barça's 6–1 rout over Rayo Vallecano that vaults them into first place in La Liga, Luis Enrique told the press he was content with the team's performance in the midday match against a courageous opponent. While the coach was happy to be the league leader, he warned: "The objective is to lead at the end of the season." He affirmed that the team find themselves alive in all three competitions "due to sheer effort."

More of what Luis Enrique had to say:

The victory

“We knew it would be tough from the outset and that if we could beat their pressure we'd have scoring chances."

“Seeing what they were giving us in midfield, we went with Xavi and Iniesta inside and they gave us a lot of chances to get the ball to our forwards.

Moving into first place

“We're elated, but the objective is to be leading at the end of the season. I already said that everybody could lose a game, so we have to keep playing well and win every match."

“It's heavy having to win every single match. Each game is more important than the last."

“The situation we're in is the fruit of our collective effort. We're where we want to be but there are lots of teams that what to be here too."

Proper names

Suárez and Messi are having more and more chemistry, and today we all saw what they bring to the team."

“I like Rakitic wherever he plays on the field. He always knows what to do with the ball and is one of the best signings we've ever had."

Piqué has always known how to score, above all on set plays. It's a perfect solution for games when our opponents collapse defensively."


Luis Enrique says collective effort has team... por fcbarcelona

Bartomeu happy but cautious

The president of FC Barcelona was very pleased after the game but also warned: "We must be cautious because there are still many games left." He praised the level of the team and Leo Messi's newest performance. "We can only admire and applaud him. Ha also said he liked the 12.00pm start time. "Families with children can come and enjoy good football."