Barça are closer to the Copa del Rey final after beating Villarreal by 3-1 at Camp Nou. Luis Enrique had a lot to think about the La Liga match of last week when it was time to prepare the first round of the qualifying round. He showed himself satisfied with the result and the performance of the team against a Villarreal that played in a different way from La Liga match.
His most highlighted statements:
"The match presented something special regarding the match of La Liga. We played a great match in the attacking stage and after losing the ball"
"Today it was difficult for us to play against 10 players closed behind on their box. We tried to contrarrest their counter-attack plays. We wanted to create danger through the wing with long kicks, with different ways"
"It's a good result though it doens't define the round, but it is good. With the missed penalty, you have the feeling that we could sentence the match"
"We'll try to convince players, we are close to the final"
"Even though, I think the result is not fair"
Busquets and Mascherano
"Busquets is an almost perfect player. I took advantage of the match to give him rest. Agaisnt a closed rival, with 3 speedy forwards it was good for us to be speedy on the midfield"
"With the change, Sergio rested and we saw the version of a pivot a little bit different"
"Neymar is the second on the list. They talk about it between them. But Messi is the main penalty kicker"
"Piqué helps at free kicks attacking and in defensively he gives us a lot too. His assistance is good, when attacking, giving defensive stability, he's a very important player."