Two days before his 47th birthday, Luis Enrique was a very contented man indeed after watching his side romp to a 4-1 win against one of the toughest opponents in LaLiga, Villarreal.

"The team played well on and off the ball” he said after the final whistle. “The fact we scored four against Villarreal shows how well we did. They’re having an excellent season.  Dealing with pressure was the key. It was a great all-round game against a great team."

“We made the difference tell in the second half. It was then that our opponents really started to feel it after chasing the ball for so long.”

Asked about the brilliant display by Neymar Jr, the FCB coach commented that “he interprets football like nobody else, not even Brazilians. Most of his solo runs are so quick I don’t even have time to see what he’s done. It’s a joy to watch. Any football fan should appreciate what Neymar does, sometimes it’s more like ballet than football.”

The crowd of 90,463 spectators was the second highest for a league game this season, something the Asturian feels “also means that we are doing things right, and it all helps us to do our job better. We always like to offer something different to make sure the fans have fun.”

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