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Luis Enrique in training on Tuesday / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The final is approaching and Luis Enrique is aware that the team “needs to show its best side to be champions.” According to the Asturian coach, the team’s form in this season’s competition has been “really good” because Barça have faced the Premier League champions in Manchester City, the French champions in Paris Saint-Germain and the German champions in Bayern Munich. Now, they face the Italian champions, “we will have to avoid difficulties in a final which is psychologically demanding,” said the blaugrana coach.

In the final press conference of the Open Media Day, Luis Enrique also touched on the following subjects:

Their rivals

“Juventus have put in exceptional season and like us they are in with a chance of doing the treble. They are playing well and they are in the final on their own merits.”

“Everything about Juventus worries me. They have a well defined starting 11 with important players. We will have to try to not let Pirlo play because we are all aware of his qualities. They are much better bringing the ball out.”

“Morata has given them a more presence and quality up front and he has had a great season. They are a great team and we will try to stop them showing their qualities.”

Preparation

“We keep doing what we have done up to now. The players, fortunately until now, are training with plenty of intensity and a smile, nothing has changed.”

“The players and the coaching staff are excited about winning the treble.”

The final

“We will try to have the ball from the beginning. For that reason we have to pressure when we don’t have it. Juventus have the ability to keep the ball.”

“It’s a game that is fun for coaches. It’s different pressuring a line of four defender than five and that means we will have to let the player know what the variations are and the situations that can cause us problems.”

The fans

“I hope they get behind us as much as they can. In Berlin the venue will be different and half the stadium will be blaugrana. And if we are outnumbered, no problem because our fans will make more noise than the opposing fans.”

Memories

“I remember that against Juventus I had a great chance to score that would have seen us through but I shot straight at Buffon, not a great memory. Buffon is still a great keeper.”

“I went to the final in Paris and I really enjoyed it with my kids and friends.”

“Of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin I remember that I scored a goal when there was a lot of fog. I think it is a really nice stadium. I hope the Barça fans will have great memories.”


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