Luis Enrique faced the press after the Tuesday morning training session to discuss the Copa del Rey second leg against Athletic Club.

There is a 2-1 deficit to turn around, and the Barça coach called on the fans to once again do their bit to push the team through a difficult challenge. “We must make the Camp Nou a decisive factor,” he said. “The fans’ support is vital and I hope they come in huge numbers to give us the backing we need.”


Here’s a collection of other key quotes from today’s media conference:

  • “We’re going into the game a goal down, but the fact that we scored in the first leg has given us the confidence we need to get through the tie.”
  • “It will be difficult because of the way Athletic play and what this match means to them.”
  • “Football is a sport in which a team that generates very little in the way of chances can end up winning the game. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t be trying to improve on our first leg performance.”
  • “Athletic will bring the pressure up the field for sure because that’s what they do.”
  • “I think the position of the Club and the coach, which is me, is beyond reproach.”
  • “I consider fan support to be vital. There has to be a certain level of pressure created in the atmosphere and I am convinced we’ll see an attendance in keeping with the level of this tournament. If we score a goal we’ll be ahead on aggregate and Athletic will have to take risks. That will make the game and the tournament all the more attractive. 
  • “We have to be very effective, very precise, and improve our percentage of getting out with the ball and beating their pressure. When we beat it, we were able to find space behind their defence and create scoring chances.”
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