Luis Enrique said his players were ready on the first day, just like last season. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

"I think we started the [La Liga] championship the way we did last season, at a very high level," said FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique in the San Mamés press room following his team's 1–0 victory on match day one. "We kept Athletic from creating danger and I think we played a very complete match," he added.

Talking about the game in general, Luis Enrique praised the role of wing-backs Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba in the context of the injuries to Dani Alves and Sergio Busquets.

Here are the highlights of what the coach had to say:

"Overall, I'm satisfied. We created chances, a lot more than [Athletic]. Towards the end it got tough for us, of course, because the score was so close."


"Our wing-backs are very important, both defensively and offensively. They help us stretch the field."

"They [the wing-backs] were very good, especially Sergio Roberto, who came in unexpectedly and played a very complete match. Jordi Alba too."

"We have to wait and see what the doctors say and see how the players come along. Injuries are part of football, it's a very demanding sport there is more risk [early in the season]. They don't seem serious."


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