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Luis Enrique answers reporters' questions at the Ciutat Esportiva on Tuesday. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique appeared in front of the press at the Ciutat Esportiva ahead of FC Barcelona’s match versus Athletic Club. Sound repetitive? It is.

As he did on Saturday before Sunday’s league match at Camp Nou, which Barça won 6–0, the head coach sat, three days later, in the exact same seat and talked about the exact same teams. This time, however, they’ll be playing in a different competition in a different place — the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals at the Estadio de San Mamés in Bilbao.

"We're used to playing in hostile environments," Luis Enrique said, all too aware of where they’ll be on Wednesday night. “The game tomorrow is going to be very different than the one Sunday at Camp Nou.”

“No two games are the same,” he added.

The FC Barcelona manager was asked questions on several topics. Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

On the relevance of Sunday’s 6–0 win:

“We’ve analysed the game and there’s no guarantee that the same thing is going to happen.”

“[The expulsion] certainly altered the way we’re going to look at the game.”

“There are still positive and negative things that we could take away from out analysis.”

On Athletic Club:

“They can use the last game as an incentive.”

“Aduriz is going to be fresh as are their other players who did not participate on Sunday.”

On the heated atmosphere in Bilbao:

“We’re used to those situations but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you.”

“We need to use it as a stimulation. The more heated the atmosphere in San Mamés, the more we need to turn it around for us.”

On the difficult schedule:

"We have a busy schedule because we're alive in all competitions."

On Aritz Aduriz:

“He’s key for Athletic because of his aerial prowess."

“He doesn’t need a lot of space to score goals.”

On Neymar:

“He’s playing even better than last year.”

“In Brazil he already played in high-pressure moments and was subject to aggressive defending.”

On whether Messi will play:

“He has some soreness, but there’s no injury.”

On the assignment of the referee:

“I wasn’t expecting it. I was surprised, just like the rest of the football world. When thinking about the recent precedents, I don’t think it’s positive for this referee or for the teams.”


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