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Luis Enrique talks to the press / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Before leaving for Japan to compete in the Club World Cup, FC Barcelona take on Deportivo on Saturday (4.00pm CET) and Luis Enrique was keen to stress his desire to win the game so as to conclude the week in first position in the league

The manager believes Deportivo will prove to be a tough challenge and called on the fans to show their support in what is an important match.

Call for fans to show support against Deportivo

“The fans need to show support in difficult times to give us security, and I am sure that this will help us get the three points to get to the Club World Cup in top condition.”

Deportivo are proving to be a surprise package so far this season, and the manager admits that he is aware of the threat they pose.

“We are preparing for the match with plenty of caution, not only because they are currently sixth in the league but because they have lost just once in seven away matches this season. We have analysed Deportivo and they are not the same side we faced last campaign. They have the same coach but different players and are working very hard.”

Club World Cup approaches

“We have an exciting and attractive target with the Club World Cup, but it would be very sad for us not to slip up in the league," while adding that he wants “to win the game before going to Japan and then we'll see what our rivals get up to .”

Neymar and Messi fitness

Regarding talk of Messi possibly suffering from injury, Enrique quashed those fears early in the press conference: "Messi is absolutely fine. The Barça fans can relax."

About Neymar Jr, the manager said: “He is following the recovery process,” but he is not keen to rush him back into action.

“What I care about is that he recovers to 100% fitness. I would love it if everybody could take part in the Club World Cup but we must take the necessary step.”


Luis Enrique eager to end the week top por fcbarcelona
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