Luis Enrique faces La Liga 20th gameweek without Jeremy Mathieu. Against Athletic Club, Barcelona will face the first of three battles in two competitions. Here are the manager's best quotes during his pre-match press conference.
Athletic Club again
"We are used to playing them. We know each other very well".
"Athletic Club is one of the few teams that beat us well. They didn't allow us to win the 6 titles. We will find the motivation".
"Valverde is a great coach. He has proved it, with an idea similar to our own".
Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan
"Aleix and Arda didn't surprise me. They've been training for a while. Their performances will rise".
"Arda plays clearly as a midfielder in our system. He can play in the wing too. He still needs to know how his team-mates move, but this is not strange".
"When a transfer window opens, there are possibilities. To leave as well. But if there are no signings, I prefer nobody leaves".
4-2-3-1 com a recurs
"It can be useful sometimes. With this formation we can protect better the counter-attacks".