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Luis Enrique follows the game from the coach's box on Wednesday night. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona are back in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the ninth straight season. "Getting into the quarter-finals nine straight times means this club is doing well," Luis Enrique said after the game. "It’s due to the types of players that come up through the academy and the ones we sign."

"They make us proud to be Barça fans. I don’t think any team has ever done that," he said.

Despite some unconfortable moments early on in the second half, the Barça manager was visibly happy after his side knocked out Arsenal with a 3–1 win (5–1 on aggregate).

"Those are things that happen in big games like this," he said. We talked about it at half-time and I’m very happy. I thank the fans on a night when the weather was tough. It was a great night."

On the start of the second half:

"The game was back and forth non-stop for 15 minutes, and we aren’t interested in those types of games.

On the trident:

"They help us create pressure, and they get back to defend as well, which every team needs in any competition"

"Suárez, Messi and Neymar Jr feed off each other. I am pleased they’re our forwards. To be able to resolve games we have to have their initial pressure."

On Barça's possible quarter-finals opponents:

"The only team I don’t want to face is Barça, and since it’s a certainty that we won’t…"

On the goalkeeping situation:

"I like all of my goalkeepers. Tonight [Ter Stegen] was spectacular across the board."

"They’re decisive, very complete, and that’s why we signed them. We can use them both in both competitions. Their performance is above optimal."


Luis Enrique: “It’s a great night for us” por fcbarcelona

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