Luis Enrique in the press conference in Japan / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique appeared before the press on Wednesday ahead of FC Barcelona’s semi-final date on Thursday at 7.30pm local time against Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in the FIFA Club World Cup.  The Barça coach was keen to avoid complacency against the side coached by Felipe Scolari, a man who led the Brazilian national side to victory in the 2002 World Cup Final in the very stadium in Yokohama where Barça will face Guangzhou in the last four in Japan. “If you look at the standard of players they have, Paulinho who was at Tottenham, we can’t take them lightly. Football is full of surprises, just ask  Club América [beaten by Guangzhou in the quarter-finals],” said the Asturian.

“We will have to be very careful with their captain [Zheng], who is an important piece in the team, capable of starting attacks along with the centre backs, directing the midfield and getting into the box.

“If we look at the semi-finals in the Club World Cup, they have always been tough and we will have to be completely focused to get through. The team are in good shape and with real ambition to do well in Japan.”

Much interest revolved around the fitness of Neymar. Luis Enrique was quick to say that the Brazilian will not be rushed back into action.  “That you don’t see him training, doesn’t mean Neymar is not training. The only thing I am worried about is getting him back to 100% so he can pay his part for us in the Club World Cup. I am not one to take risks. If the moment comes, we won’t force the matter, first of all we have to win the semi-final,” advised the blaugrana coach.


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