FC Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been criticized for his tactics after loss against PSG but he says that he knows how to live with critics.
Meanwhile, father of former FC Barcelona and AS Roma player Bojan Krkic, who played under the coach at both the clubs, has accused Luis Enrique of dividing the dressing room in order to mark his territory. But Enrique said that he never used such tactics.
“I respect the opinions of third parties but I do not necessarily share them. I am not a hunting dog that marks my territory. I always have the same objective; to get the best out of the entire squad. And I’m sure I make a lot of mistakes,” Enrique said. He was speaking in a press conference ahead of FC Barcelona’s La Liga clash against Rayo on Saturday.
The FC Barcelona boss has come under pressure after the midweek defeat against PSG and Enrique says that he doesn’t get distracted by his critics. “My position towards critics is neutral. I know where I am and I know the club and the job is. I have been in football for a long time and you have to accept it and that’s that. I don’t read things that don’t interest me. I remain focused on my job. I provide my own criticism behind closed doors to try to improve every day.”
FC Barcelona had made the world record of dominating the possession of the game and it was broken by Rayo Vallecano last year. And when asked whether this will happen again this year, Enrique said: “People create debates over the smallest things. It’s a football concept. We are two opposing sides that want the same thing. We want the ball, but I am more interested in scoring. It’s easier to win if we have the ball, but the most important thing is the score.”
FC Barcelona has only used midfield maestro Xavi Hernandez sparingly this season and the player has said that he doesn’t want to be a substitute at 34. And Luis Enrique said that he welcomes the opinion of Xavi but refused make any promises.
“That’s the goal of every player, at 34 or 20. They all want to play and help the team. I love the fact that Xavi Hernandez has a rebellious streak in that respect. The day that he plays you’ll be asking me why Rakitic or Iniesta aren’t.”