Luis Enrique was speaking after the 3-1 win against Ajax at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique felt his team performed excellently against Ajax, especially in the first 45 minutes. Although there was a moment at the end of the game that could have seen the Dutch get away with a point, the Barça manager rarely felt his side was threatened. “Generally I liked the game“ he said after the final whistle. “We were very much the better team in the first half. There were ten minutes when they could have got back into it, but they were ten very isolated minutes … We ended up winning deservedly. We were much more powerful than our opponent.”We were more powerful than our opponentThis was far from being the best performance from Barça since Luis Enrique took the reins of the first team, and the Asturian is aware that there’s a need to correct things to avoid games going down to the wire like this one did when at one point Barça had looked home and dry. “That’s the risk you face if you don’t finish games off” he said.

As for his decision to take off his star strikers Messi and Neymar, Luis Enrique said that “we had planned to make those changes as long as the result was going the way we had hoped it would.”

Luis Enrique also spoke about Iniesta, who “has been playing his best football since the start of the season, and Mascherano brings a certain sense to the team and is a spectacular defender.” He also commented on Sergio Busquets’ hip injury, which he hopes is not so serious that it’ll mean he’ll have to sit out the Clásico.

Asked whether he was finding it hard to decide what eleven to field in Madrid, the FCB said it would, “but that’s a nice problem. Like any coach I am trying to keep all of my players happy. Any of these players could start at the Bernabéu and could perform well.”


Luis Enrique: "We deserved to win" por fcbarcelona

Zubizarreta: “It'll be a great game on Saturday”

Director of Andoni Zubizarreta, speaking after tonight’s game with Ajax, has now shifted his thoughts to Saturday’s Clásico. “We’re going into the game in fine form” he commented. “We are winning our matches. There’s still a whole world ahead of us, but we’re in fine positions in La Liga and the Champions League.” Zubizarreta knows that both Barça and Real Madrid have top notch squads, “and so it’s going to be a great game. We’re going to enjoy it.”