squad | 2016-08-10
Luis Enrique: 'This team has an enormous ambition'
The Asturian coach and the players spoke after the Gamper trophy and the squad's official presentation
Luis Enrique and several players talked to the press after an entertaining game at this year's Gamper Trophy. The team was presented to the fans who travelled to the Camp Nou. FC Barcelona did win 3 : 2 against Sampdoria Genua - a Club that culers likely remember from the 1992 European Cup final.
"A lot of the players are just back from their vacation and we will need more time, but the team is training hard every day. Things are on very positive lines.”
"I see the team with an enormous ambition, we still have aspects to correct but I think we start off the season being the favorites. I'm very pleased about this promising upcoming campaign, let's see if we're able to manage it."
“Our minds are now fully focused on Sevilla, a team that has changed their style and has a new coach. They look like they’ll be dangerous”.
"The new signings haven’t been training for long and still need to get to know their colleagues. But Umtiti and André Gomes played very well. So did Denis and Digne. They now know what it’s like to play at home in the Camp Nou and so this has been a good day for them."
"Arda was playing in a different position and I liked him there. He doesn’t give the ball away, he finds space and best of all, he could score a few goals."
"In the preseason I'm only concerned about the physical state of my players, in that sense we still need more time because we have had a special preseason, some players joined us later because of their holidays and that sometimes reflects on the pitch, some mistakes are because of this."
"Here the debate about the goalkeeper never ends. I manage this subject very different than the rest [of the coaches] and I will continue to do it this way, depending on what I consider appropiate."
“It was great to put the Barça shirt on. And I’m so happy to have gone out there and enjoyed myself with my team-mates. They made it so much easier for me.”
“I haven’t been with the squad long, but I hope to adapt quickly.”
"We're in a good shape for the Spanish Super Cup, we're working well and we are confident. These are two important matches because we are playing for a title and we want to win it."
“It was my first game at the Camp Nou in a Barça shirt and I’m very happy. We are feeling great ahead of the Spanish Super Cup this weekend.”
“I feel comfortable playing with Messi. He makes it all so much easier. The truth is we’ve developed a great understanding.”
“I think I got a lot of playing time last year. I’ve been in the first team for quite a few years and what I needed was to play.”
“The team has prepared well this preseason and we’re really looking forward to competitive matches”.
“Playing full-back for Barça is like playing in midfield. We dominate the ball for long periods. It has made me think more about defensive duties and especially when we play against big teams that attack us.”
“We’ve been having some really good seasons and winning titles. We have to carry on doing that."
“I’m very happy to have played in this stadium. It felt great to get to play for a few minutes.”
“The most important thing is to be focused. Your team-mates make the rest much easier”.
“The idea is to learn from the great players in this team and make the most of every chance I get."
“I felt fine. I think I’ll learn a lot from my team-mates. I’ll do all I can to help the team and play as ,many games as possible."
"It's not difficult to play as a full back here but it's different because it's based on attacking and defending. It's an uncommon role which I'm used to it."
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