Luis Enrique spoke to the press after the game in Girona / PHOTO: FCB Archive

[[DES_1]]Luis Enrique said after Wednesday’s Catalan Super Cup win that “the team was in absolute control of the game … I was very pleased with their attitude and the way they tried to go for the game. Matches like these help to get the players into the rhythm of playing games and becoming more important to the team”.

As for Luis Suárez, the FC Barcelona manager said that “he played very well. He got most of his actions right. Every minute he has played he has made a difference to the game. He shows mobility and eagerness, like the rest of the squad”.

He also explained how seriously he’d taken the game, as he would do any game where there is a title at stake, as well as observing that “the squad have clearly forgotten the situation last week and we’re now focusing on the game with Celta”.

Jordi Masip, Marc Bartra and Sergi Samper also spoke to the media shortly after collecting the trophy:

Jordi Masip

“I was well positioned for the save in the second half. I was quick to react because it’s something I’ve been working on in training. We do a lot of work on these things with De la Fuente. It was a good save, but that’s what keepers are there for. Now we just have to keep winning because titles like these are important for the team.”

“I am dedicating the penalty save to De la Fuente, the goalkeepers coach. He told me where the penalty was going and I saved it.”

“It’s another trophy, and it’s an important one for Catalonia and our club”.

“I felt fine throughout the match. I was confident and now I have to keep working for more opportunities like this”.

 “No, I didn’t feel like I’d been inactive. I work very intensely with my team-mates and the intensity in training is the same as it is in matches”.

“We also work on penalties in training. And I’m good at saving them”.

 “Luis Enrique hasn’t told me that I’ll be playing in the cup. All I know is that I have to work really hard, help the team however I can, and if I get to play in cup matches, then so much the better”.

Marc Bartra

“We came to win the competition ... We didn’t treat it like a friendly. It’s always nice to win a title and against Espanyol”.

“I made a claim for a red card to the ref in the first half. If I hadn’t been fouled, I’d have been through on goal. But at the end of the day, these are just anecdotes and I’m happy just to have been able to help the team as much as I can”.

Sergi Samper

“We’re going away with a very important win for the club”.

“We had more rhythm in the first half, we controlled the ball better. We played better”.

“We know that Luis Enrique watches all the reserve team games. He analyses us in depth and we try to make the most of all the chances we get. And you always learn so much when you play alongside players like these. That’s why we try to give the most we can”.

“I didn’t expect to get so many opportunities and I have to carry on like this so that I can get more”.

“I felt very comfortable. It’s the same style of football as in the reserves. Nothing changes.”

Luis Enrique: "We controlled the game completely" por fcbarcelona

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