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Luis Enrique: "It's stimulating to win our greatest rival, but it won't be decisive"

The coach of FC Barcelona attended the media one day before El Clásico

Luis Enrique: "It's stimulating to win our greatest rival, but it won't be decisive"
Luis Enrique: "It's stimulating to win our greatest rival, but it won't be decisive"

The coach of FC Barcelona attended the media one day before El Clásico

Luis Enrique RP 20 nov

Luis Enrique talked in press conference one day before the match vs Real Madrid. He talked about Messi's condition and about the opponent. He considers there are no favorites and that they reach El Clásico at a very positive moment. 

Here you have his statements:

Feelings on El Clásico

"All feelings are positive. Not only about the match but also for the position we are in La Liga."

"Getting horny with Los Clásicos? I don't know. I'm an iceberg."

"I'm in my greatest moment as a coach."

Messi

"We have also positive feelings on Messi. We know he is not going to be 100%, but he is an important player. It's a guarantee to have him recovered."

"Messi playing? I'll speak to him tomorrow. Before the match we will decide."

"He has been waiting for his comeback. I prefer he plays, but it depends on how he feels."

Rakitic

"Rakitic has been training all week. He is fine. We'll speak after today's training session to determine his presence in El Clásico."

Not a decisive match

"This match won't decide La Liga. It's an attractive game, the best scenario for any player, but won't be decisive."

"We will try to minimize Real Madrid's big potential. It's going to be a difficult game. I hope our team play at top level."

"It will be a stimulating game, but I repeat: it won't be decisive."

Terrorism

"The high security doesn't affect the team. Regarding terrorism, I think it's a problem which experts are working with."

Injured and tired players

"Regarding lows, I think it's nice to see there the best players and as many players as possible."

"There will be such an important game that all the players who have travelled will overcome any tireness."

Whistles on Piqué

"I am not a member of Real Madrid to opine on whistles to Piqué. In Barcelona they do the same against them. We are not going to expect that Barça will go to Bernabéu and there won't be whistles."

The quality of Real Madrid

"They are a really high-quality team and if we don't have the day, they will win us. But I don't consider their tactical qualities are better than ours."

Busquets

"I like Busquets to play in the center midfield, but we know he can play in defense or even in attack. It's a pleasure to have him, not only on the field. He is a real example of what a footballer should be."