FC Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has said that his side is ready to face French champions PSG and that the absence of Ibrahimovic will not prompt him to change his game plan.
FC Barcelona will travel to France today to face PSG and it will be the first big test of Luis Enrique’s managerial career at Blaugrana. FC Barcelona are currently leading the La Liga table and expectations are high from the Catalans after such positive start to their new season.
Speaking on the eve of the game in a press conference, Luis Enrique said that: “We won’t be changing our line-up plans for the fact that he won’t be playing. He is an important loss for them, he would be for any side but we won’t be changing our plans. With him or without him, PSG are still a very dangerous side – one with a lot of resources”.
Enrique also said that winning an away game would be precious and his team will try everything to get 3 points from this clash. “We are motivated by the rival we will be facing and the venue. Winning away from home is always attractive – and important. We are just going to focus on being the better team, we’ll see if we can do that”
PSG Boss Laurent Blanc had said earlier that unlike other teams who face Barcelona, his team will not sit back and wait. And Luis Enrique said that the playing style of the opponent is not going to change the philosophy of his side. “From what I do know about PSG, I know that they can play man-for-man perfectly well. What I am expecting them to do tomorrow? Any coach will tell you not to pay much attention to what is said by our fellow colleagues prior to the game. PSG are aspirants to win the Champions League. However they play tomorrow, we have to respond – whether they pressurize us or sit back and wait for us”.
FC Barcelona look improved in their defence this season and Luis Enrique said that he is happy to see the change. “Our defence has been performing well and have shown that they can play against anyone. I’ve very lucky in that regard. But I know that the day we lose will be a disaster and I will be blamed for the rotations”
The Barcelona boss also took the opportunity to praise star striker Lionel Messi in his press conference. He said: “Messi keeps showing us what a tremendous player he is. Messi will continue to be decisive for us in every sense. He is the No.1 in the majority of the aspects to our game”.
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