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Luis Enrique issues orders to his players against Espanyol / MIGUEL RUIZ -FCB

After seeing his side safely through to the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey, Luis Enrique was more than contented with the response from his players. “This game needed us to be serious and thorough about finishing off the tie” he said after the final whistle. “And that’s what we did.”

As for two-goal hero Munir, he commented that “He’s a player that knows how to score, and although he still has to improve, he has plenty of qualities. These two goals will do him good.”

Here are some other post-match quotes from the Barça boss:

Messi’s form

“He’s playing really well. His fitness is always so strong and that’s essential for us. He got plenty of rest when he was out injured and the more time he gets to play, the better”

Tactical changes

“We tried to use two pivots in front of the defence to try to crowd out the midfield and get Leo Messi involved more”

“We were a bit indecisive early on, but from the 15th minute onwards we started realising that we could create danger with relative ease”

Versatile players

“It’s wonderful to have so many players that can play in different positions. We have Mascherano, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal and Messi who can play out wide, up front or just behind the forwards, Adriano, Mathieu”

Vermaelen’s chances

“He’s a top class player. He’s doing really well and looking after his fitness. He’s really raking the chances he’s given and performing very well. He’s a very important player”


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