Luis Enrique at the press conference in the 'Amsterdam Arena / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique and Luis Suárez both appeared before the press in Amsterdam ahead of their date with Ajax in Group F of this season’s Champions’ League. The Dutch side showed themselves to be capable of beating the blaugranes with a win in the Amsterdam Arena last season in the same competition. Luis Enrique is awaiting a “a valiant Ajax” due to their situation in the group, the fact that the sides only recently met at Camp Nou and due to the defeat in the group stage last year. Despite significant changes to both squads, Luis Enrique admitted he had looked at that match “to get a few ideas.”

After recent negative results, Luis Enrique confirmed that “being able to compete again after just three days is positive” and he added that he felt his players were “relaxed going into the game.” Following on from that he added that “we are used to the pressure”, and that winning in the Amsterdam Arena “would be a giant step forward with regards to making it through to the last 16.”

We want to be unpredictable but also be true to ourselves

Ahead of the game against Ajax, the coach from Gijón explained that as in all games his side will want to take the initiative and “be better than their rivals” as well as warning: “I am looking to improve the team’s performance. As of now, I am optimistic given what I have seen from the players.”

Luis Enrique reminded everyone of something he has said often since arriving as coach. “We want to unpredictable, but by being ourselves, not making it up,” he explained, adding that “we are looking to best Barça possible”. The coach did not give clues about the starting 11 for the game in the Amsterdam Arena but he did reveal that “each player due to their qualities adds something different to the team.”

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Luis Enrique also praised the work of Ajax coach Frank De Boer with whom he played at FC Barcelona. "He is doing very well and he has what it takes to become a top class coach."

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