"We will be the team to beat and we have to keep so we have to improve on the field"
FC Barcelona started the preseason with a victory against LA Galaxy and Luis Enrique seems happy with the resul. After the match, the coach said he liked the team, but he also warned that "they need to improve," faithful to his hard-working philosphy.
Besides, the coach also talked about Pedro and Adriano's possible departure, saying that "if anyone wants to leave, they have to pay the clause." Here you have his best statements:
Feelings of the match
"We have shown what we can do. I liked the team a lot. We were intense on the field as I expected. The work from training has come off, above all the work in divided spaces. We played 45 minutes at a good pace."
Pedro and Adriano
"Those who want to leave have to pay the clause."
"I talked with Pedro. He explained what he thinks and I told him what I think. I won't tell you what he said."
"I haven't talked with Adriano because everything are rumours [the possible agreement with Rome]"
What to be improved
"Everything. Pressure, moving the ball around. There are things that change every day and we have to work out how to deal with them. I liked the team because we have been intense and we did not commit any serious errors, but we can improve in all areas. Furthermore, it’s the only way for us. Without any doubt, we will be the team to beat and we have to keep so we have to improve on the field. Today we did well but we have to do that again and better. That’s where we are.”
Ter Stegen not playing
“He hasn’t played because he has only just joined up with us. He has hardly trained so we will see how it goes for the next few games.”
“At the start of the season we need to rotate players. We have made up to seven changes. I have seen things that we had done last season and we are still doing them.”
“I don’t know that much. I don’t have the chance to follow it because I am immersed in our league and in the European leagues; but, it is clear that football in the United States is improving. A lot of European players are coming here and they can bring a lot of things and ideas that can help them."
"I liked what I have seen here. The teams that play against us tend to sit back and defend. The Galaxy have worked hard in defence and that stopped us creating lots of chances.”
Apart from Luis Enrique, Douglas Pereira also talked after playing 90 minutes. The Brazilian has the pressure to do well this season after a difficult first year.
"I don't need to say anything to the people; I know I can convince them if I do well on the field. This year I feel more confident. Last seasons injuries made me feel insecure."