Luis Enrique during the 1-1 draw in Mestalla / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

If Luis Enrique was unhappy at his side’s first failure to win in nine matches following the 1-1 draw in Mestalla against Valencia, then he certainly hid it well in the post-game press on Saturday. “I have no complaints about the team, we put in a complete performance at a very tough ground,” said the boss. Generous in his appraisal of the exciting encounter, the coach found time to compliment his opponents: “They [Valencia] were very good in defence and they made the most of the great piece of play by Alcácer and the great finish from Mina.”

Below more comments from the Barça coach’s press conference:

The draw

“We had the better chances, but we were not able to finish them off.”

“We did not have too many problems with them on the counter, our football brought us reward for all the effort we put in.”

“We have quality players and they know just how difficult it is to score goals. We tried to close it out but we could not do it. In one counter they scored, I think we could have won but then that is the beauty of football.”

"The difficulty is in coming up against a team who sit back and is strong. We had chances, especially in the first half. We lacked the abililty to finish that we normally have. I am happy with the ambition and the attitude from my team in the game."

Leo Messi

"I think he looked good, like the rest of the team. He is getting better and better physically, coming back to his best. He is key and indispensable. It's only normal in order to get back to 100%."

Valencia

"After seeing them I think they are one of the best team in the league, on an individual level and a team one. I was not surprised at howe good they were today."


Luis Enrique: 'Luis Enrique has no complaints... por fcbarcelona