Luis Enrique: We did what we had to

Luis Enrique applauded his team's ability to put the game away on Sunday night. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The FC Barcelona head coach was content with the result but warned that the two upcoming Copa del Rey games with be very different

There was little for Luis Enrique to say after his team, FC Barcelona, vanquished Athletic Club Bilbao 6–0 at Camp Nou on Sunday night. After the Basques went down to ten men before the five-minute mark, it was only a question of whether the Catalans would do their job.

They did.

But due to the circumstances of the win over an opponent that was shorthanded for more than 80 minutes, Luis Enrique had words of caution.

“The Copa del Rey game at San Mamés won’t be anything like what happened in this one,” he said, in reference to the early expulsion.

“The game changed completely following the penalty. Things became more comfortable for us, it became a game that we had to close out, we had to work on positioning and on creating scoring chances,” he said.

Lionel Messi left the game at half-time with an undisclosed injury to his right leg.

“He’ll have testing tomorrow and we’ll see. It looks to be nothing serious but I preferred not to risk it,” he said.

Here are the highlights of the rest of Luis Enrique’s post-game statements:

On the red-card to Iraizoz:

“To tell you the truth the punishment is excessive, but that’s the rule. Even if referees think it’s excessive, they still have to apply the rules.”

On comparing Sunday’s league game to the Copa del Rey:

“This game will be useless as far as analysing it to teach the players what we can do to hurt Athletic in the Copa del Rey game because having an extra man is a huge advantage.”

On Athletic:

“You could see their intensity on the first chance they had. There are no easy games against Valverde because of the way they play. That’s what we’ll see at San Mamés.”