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Luis Enrique in the press room the day before Barça entertain PSG. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

In his press conference prior to the showdown between Barça and PSG, home manager Luis Enrique kept his cards very close to his chest. “The idea is go out and do what we do in any game, go out to win” he said. “We’re playing against one of the candidates to win the title and they are such a top quality side that we’ll need to produce our best both in attack and defence.”

“I think it’ll be a similar game to the first leg” he continued. “Our control of the game and PSG dangerously quick on the counter. I hope we are able to create more pressure than we did last time … But PSG have a very powerful squad and are good enough to overcome any absences.” As for former FCB striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, “he’s a top player but we can stop him if we defend as a unit. If we work as a block we can prevent him from getting the ball as much”.

Best to come

As usual, he refused to reveal much about his planned line-up. Dani Alves is suspended, but the Asturian wasn’t letting on about his replacement. “I have a lot of options” he said. “I just hope that what I decide to do comes as a surprise to Laurent Blanc”.

Our control of the game and PSG dangerously quick on the counter

The game will determine who finishes top of the group, which would obviously be nice for Luis Enrique but he doesn’t think it matters as much as some people are making out. “It’s not an impossible disadvantage that means you’re out of it” he explained. “You can come second in your group and still qualify for the next round.”

You hear the Champions League music play and you know what an attractive competition it is

But games like this are always going to be that little bit more special. “You hear the Champions League music play and you know what an attractive competition it is” he said. “But I don’t think it’s the most important game of the season. I hope the biggest games have yet to come.”

He ended with a comment about the issues of crowd trouble and insulting chants that have been raised in Spain over the last week. “I am opposed to any kind of violence in football” he said.


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