Luis Enrique on the sidelines against Las Palmas / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Another victory in the bank thanks to the 2-1 away win at Las Palmas for Barça coach Luis Enrique and even though his team were not at their very best, he was delighted with the performance. “Today we have put in a more effective performance than usual. With a game every three days all we can ask is that we keep competing,” admitted the blaugrana boss. Luis Enrique was quick to dispel any ideas of a lack of intensity in the Estadio Gran Canaria. “Today there was no lack of rhythm to the game. At some moments, given we were on the attack, we suffered more on the counter than is normal,” he said.

“The up and down nature of the game in the last 10 minutes came because they [Las Palmas] were looking for the equaliser, we had chances to close the game out as well.

“We can be more or less sharp in front of goal but I’m happy with what I have seen- Obviously we can improve things, we have extended our lead [in the league] and we will have to see what the others do.”

For Luis Enrique, one of the reasons the victory was not more comfortable was due to the excellent performance of the Las Palmas goalkeeper. “Javi Varas was excellent,” he said before revealing, “we were better in the second half, we were more compact but if you don’t close the match out then you give your opponent a chance to equalise.”

His half time substitution of Arda Turan was explained as “because simply he had a yellow card and he has a way of going to ground to win the ball and I didn’t want him to get a second.”

Finally, the Barça coach revealed his soft spot for him home town club whom Barça had beaten on Wednesday in El Molinón. “I don’t want Sporting to go down,” he admitted when asked if the result would help Abelardo’s team. Nevertheless, the Asturian coach still had plenty of praise for Saturday’s vanquished opponents. “They try to play good football despite being in the relegation zone,” making it clear just how hard his team had to work to overcome Quique Setién’s team.

Luis Enrique: “It was a more effective... por fcbarcelona
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