Luis Enrique says Barça will play to win in Granada

Luis Enrique and Barça are one game away from the La Liga title. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The FC Barcelona head coach is happy with his team’s overall performance this season, says they ‘deserve’ to win the best league in the world

Plainly aware his team had just given the fans at Camp Nou a great show in the final home game of the season, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was at ease. “Football depends on results,” he said. “Barça’s fans had fun this year, they saw very good football and plenty of good moments throughout the season.”

“You have to fight every game, and that’s what we did,” he said.

After vanquishing RCD Espanyol 5–0 on Sunday, Barça move to the brink of the La Liga title, one the Barça manager feels the team deserves. “The winner is the best team over 38 games,” he said. “As of today, there are two teams still in it.”

“We’re talking about the best league in Europe,” Luis Enrique emphasized. “It’s a tough league. Maybe the last part didn’t go the way we wanted, but if we have to win the title in the last game, well then we’ll do it in the last game.”

Luis Enrique fielded a plethora of questions after the game. Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

On the results in the other games:

“I would have liked to see Valencia draw [with Madrid]. Atlético had a great season but now they’re out of it and they still have the Champions League.”

On team scoring leader Luis Suárez:

“He is very intelligent. Sometimes relying too much on one player can hurt you, but if the team plays its game, Luis — who is lethal in the area — will have plenty of chances to score goals. It’s not just the goals, it’s the way the team plays that lets him score.”

On the win over Espanyol:

“We had good rhythm from the start, creating pressure following turnovers. We played a complete game, I’m happy with what we’ve achieved. Now we just have to put it away by beating Granada.”

On the defence:

“We played better as a group, not just up the field but when we were back.”

“We’re defending better on the long ball. We’re steadily improving and I don’t get the feeling that things will be tough for us. Other teams do complicate things. I think the best is yet to come, but also the most difficult.”

“With the number of weeks we’ve been on top and our play, I think we deserve it.”

On the final game at Granada next week:

“Away games are always hard because there are things you can’t control. We’re one step away.”

“I hope we’re precise and complete.”

“We’re going to go to Granada to reach our objective. To try and win this league, which has been very competitive.”