Luis Enrique led the team to victory at El Madrigal / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Barça had to work hard to beat Villarreal, but got there in the end with a late goal from Sandro Ramírez, who couldn’t have wished for a better debut performance. Luis Enrique was especially impressed with how much hard work his players put into what he called “a passionate game to watch with possession changing hands all the time and both sides having chances.”It was a passionate game to watch with possession changing hands all the time and both sides having chances

“But the condition of the pitch didn’t help either team when it came to shooting” he griped, which made it doubly gratifying that “both teams wanted to go out play good football … Villarreal knew how to wait at the back but also caused some shocks in attack.” It all ended with Sandro snatching the three points, the manager commenting that “this result will do us a lot of good, especially considering the way it came about.”

This win, coupled with the 3-0 defeat of Elche on the opening day, “has set us up nicely for the next few weeks” added Luis Enrique, who also explained that “if we can create fast transitions with the ball, our opponents suffer, because running after the ball tires them out … It was a great result, because not many teams will be able to win at El Madrigal”.I’ve been satisfied with everything since I arrived at Barça. We have a lot to improve, but the way the players are responding is staggering

The Asturian also told his post-match press conference that “I’ve been satisfied with everything since I arrived at Barça. We have a lot to improve, but the way the players are responding is staggering. It’s still early, but there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic”. And finally, on Sandro’s goal, Luis Enrique said that “I’m pleased to see that the youngsters are helping us so much. We are happy for him and with all of the hard work that the young players are doing”.


Luis Enrique: "This result is really good for us" per fcbarcelona