Luis Enrique knows Barça will have to be at their best in Bilbao

Luis Enrique at the press conference / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Asturian coach casts an eye over his side’s physical shape after the game in the European Super Cup and before the game against Athletic

The FC Barcelona coach spoke in a press conference following training on Thursday ahead of his team’s first leg Spanish Super Cup clash with Athletic Club. How the team have recovered and possible tiredness following the European Super Cup victory in Tbilisi were some of the most commented topic in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva. For Luis Enrique the fixture list “is what it is” and he hoped that his side would not feel the effort put in against Sevilla on Friday in San Mamés. For the Barça boss, “We are in so many competitions that we are obliged to be at our best from the beginning. Barça are motivated to beat anybody and Athletic always ask a lot of us.”

For the Asturian “we have won when we have done a great job.” He continued: “We will try to be prepared to face the problems the problems we may come across. To win trophies you have to play well in defence and in attack.”

Below we have some of Luis Enrique’s other answers on a variety of topics:

Demanding start

“This season has started in very attractive fashion. Starting the preseason knowing that the two Super Cups were coming up has helped our preparation and helped us be competitive from the start.”

Athletic Club

“They are a team who use the support of their fans to cause problems for their opponents. It will be an uncomfortable match.”

“We are going to play in San Mamés and so we will try to be competitive. Over two legs I think we have the edge but Athletic are always able to trouble us.”

Six trophies

“Beyond the objective that we all have in our heads, it’s something that motivates us, but first we have to focus on the fifth trophy.”

Pedro

“We have expressed our desire that he stay. It’s a tricky one but I see him in good form, just as he has been all pre-season.”

Iniesta

“Iniesta is fine. Today he had no problems in training. In fact everyone who was available last week is fine, despite the efforts of the game in Georgia.”

When and where to watch Athletic Club v FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao square off once again, this time in the Spanish Super Cup. / FCB
Here is our TV guide with kick off times around the world for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup

FC Barcelona face Athletic Club Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the New San Mamés on Friday, 14 August at 10.00pm CET. The last time the two sides clashed was in the Copa del Rey Final on 30 May, when Barça defeated Athletic 3–1 at Camp Nou.

The game is being shown all over the world so consult our guide to find out what time it all begins and where to catch it in your area. FC Barcelona will be covering the game in detail on their official website, social networks and with audio commentary in English via Radio Barça.

Friday, 14 August

Canada – Vancouver (1:00 PM) / Toronto (4:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

United States – Los Angeles (1:00 PM) / Denver (2:00 PM) / Chicago (3:00 PM) / New York (4:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

WATCH ESPN, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN3 USA, ESPN Deportes TV

Latin America – Mexico City (3:00 PM) / Bogota (3:00 PM) / Santiago (5:00 PM) / Buenos Aires (5:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es and www.fcbarcelona.es

Brazil – Brasília (5:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br and www.fcbarcelona.com.br

United Kingdom – London (9:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Sky Sports 5/HD, SKY Go Extra, SKY Go UK, NOW TV

France – Paris (10:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra and www.fcbarcelona.fr

Barcelona  (10:00 PM)

FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es, @fcbarcelona_cat and @fcbarcelona_es

TV3, Telecinco

Africa – Dakar (8:00 PM) / Yaoundé (9:00 PM) / Cape Town (10:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com, @fcbarcelona_fra and www.fcbarcelona.fr

SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport 5, SuperSport Maximo 2

Turkey – Istanbul (11:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Lig TV 2, Dsmart Isteizle Lilve

Russia – Moscow (11:00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Telekanal Futbol, Sport 1 Russia

Saturday, 15 August

United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi (12:00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com, @fcbarcelona_ara and www.fcbarab.com

Abu Dhabi Sports 3 HD

India – New Delhi (1:30 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Indonesia – Jakarta (3:00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id and www.fcbarcelona.co.id

China – Beijing (4:00 AM)

FC Barcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cn

LeTV

Japan – Tokyo (5:00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap and www.fcbarcelona.jp

Australia – Sydney (6:00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

 

*Source: livesoccertv

FC Barcelona's Messi and Suárez, and Real Madrid's Ronaldo are finalists for 2014/15 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

From left to right: Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. / FCB
The trio are the nominees for the award to be announced on 27 August in Monaco

UEFA has formally announced the three finalists for the 2014/15 UEFA Best Player Award. FC Barcelona strikers Leo Messi and Luis Suárez, and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo are the nominees for the award. The winner will be announced on 27 August at a gala in Monaco that will also feature this year’s draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Making the preliminary top ten but missing out on the top three were Barça striker Neymar, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and teammates Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tévez and Arturo Vidal, as well as Eden Hazard of Chelsea. Neymar actually finished fifth in the voting with 23 points, one point behind Buffon.

The award, which is voted on by journalists from 54 different countries, has been won by an FC Barcelona player twice before. Messi took the prize in 2011 and Andres Iniesta was the winner in 201. Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribéry won in 2013 before Cristiano Ronaldo took home the award in 2014. This year is the fifth edition of the award.