luis enrique roda de premsa

Athletic are Barça’s next opponents in the league and in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and coach Luis Enrique knows only too well what he will be up against: “It will be a game without respite and without concessions.

“The two teams know each other well and there won’t be an easy ball in the game, they are a complete team.

“I have the first leg from the Spanish Super Cup final as a reference and they stopped us winning six trophies.”

“They are a club that I have admired for years. We have a motivation as they stopped us winning the sixth trophy of the year. I would have preferred another team [in the Copa del Rey] due to the fixture list.”

On new boys Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, the coach had this to say: “Their performances have not surprised me because they have been training all these months, but I think they will improve as they get match fitness.”

Finally, he highlighted the challenges facing his team: “This month of January, if we get through in the cup we will have a busy February as well. The last third of the season is almost upon us and the best bit of the campaign is coming up. It isn’t a problem, it’s motivating.”

Luis Enrique says his team will get no... por fcbarcelona
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