The coach appeared in press conference before the Gamper match against Roma
Before playing the last friendly match against Roma, Luis Enrique made an assessment of the first days back at work and has given his opinion on the pre-seasons of soccer teams. With his usual straightforward style, the Barcelona coach admits that he does not like these previous phases of preparation. He also said he wants Pedro Rodríguez to stay in the club. He tackled these and many more topics. Here you have the best statements:
"As coach I want Pedro to stay. There's no news. He is the only who can give news."
"I'm happy in global terms regarding situations of the game. We have to improve some things in defense, but it's been an acceptable preseason."
"I don't like preseason. I prefer competition."
"I'm satisfied with the players' physical conditions, which is even better than when they left, like Messi and Neymar."
"I hope it will be a great match against a great opponent. It's always a special match because there's the official presentation before the fans."
"Hardly will we see the Supercup team in Gamper. Now I'm worried in the players' conditions, more than the result."
"No news regarding the market. We know new players can't play until January."
Mascherano, new captain
"I'm happy for him to become captain. There are also players who are not captains but has a concrete role."
Goalkeeper in the Supercup
"I don't know which goalkeeper will play. They all can play. It's important that the players rest, like Bravo did. The fans can be calm: whoever plays will do it well."
"Barcelona have had a concrete soccer philosophy for years and every coach adapts it depending on the current players. Without Messi and Neymar we are less effective. Now we want to improve ideas and keep being unpredictable keeping our philosophy."