Luis Enrique in a press conference recently / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique appeared in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva a day ahead of the all important Clásico against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. The question that was on everybody’s lips did not take long to arrive and the answer from the Barça boss was as clear as it could be. “Whether Messi plays or not, the best news is that he is fit again,” affirmed the blaugrana coach, assuaging doubts over the Argentine’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s trip to Madrid. Leo Messi was not the only subject of interest for the gathered press and below we highlight some other of Luis Enrique’s answers on other topics.

Confidence in the camp:

"We feel good going into the Clásico because of our form and due to players coming back."

“The approach to winning in the Bernabéu will be the same that we use to try and beat all of our opponents.”

The race for the championship  

"It won't be decisive for the league title, but it is obvious we want to win."

Real Madrid and playing in the Bernabéu

“There is nothing more stimulating than the Clásico.”

"We will see a strong Real Madrid and we hope to be at our level to cause them problems."

"We like games with atmosphere. We hope tomorrow will be a festival of football."

The cleverest of them all

"Busquets is the most intelligent player of all those I have coached. He is a guarantee for Barça"


Luis Enrique: Messi is fit again por fcbarcelona