matchdays | 2015-05-13
Luis Enrique: We need just one win in each of the three competitions to win each one
"This is a very nice moment, but we still have to win them all"
Luis Enrique told his postmatch news conference: "Our sensations are very positive. In general, this is a marvellous position to be in: we need just one win in each of the three competitions to win each one. This is a very nice moment, but we still have to win them all."
"I always suffer, every game has its difficulties," he said. "Of course I suffered a little bit, like in every round. Obviously it was great to have such a cushion from the first leg, though it wasn’t easy for us after Bayern took the lead. We know what suits the characteristics of our players. I’m delighted with them and have to congratulate them. This is what it means to be part of Barça. They scored early from a corner, but we reacted by creating many chances ourselves. From there the team was very good, and got to the second half with a favourable result. After the break it was different, we made mistakes, they kept pressing us high up and was difficult for us. They have very good players. But it is a night to be happy," the coach added.
On Messi, Suarez and Neymar, he said: "They have many virtues. Their individual quality is beyond any doubt. It is clear they understand each other well, are not selfish, support each other too, and always look for each other. It is difficult for any defence to deal with three players of their level, especially when the team backs them up by generating situations of play that they can take advantage of."
Regarding his conversation with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola on the final whistle, Luis Enrique said: "We are two friends, and wished each other the best of luck, without any doubt."
Asked about former sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, responsible for the signging made last summer and who was fired in January, Luis Enrique replied. "This is for everyone who has formed part of Barca."
“We controlled the game in the first half but then made a lot of mistakes in the second. It’s a night when we have to be happy. It will now be different to experience the final as a coach, having had a prolific career as a player,” Luis Enrique added.
Gerard Piqué talked about the possibility of meeting Real Madrid in the final: “It’d be very exciting to be able to be the first to play a Champions League final against your arch-rival.”
“We know that everything could change in an instant. We’ll see if we actually get to play Atletico Madrid this weekend because of the strike. Everything looks good, but it hasn’t ended well yet. We’ve done everything right, but we still need to win the titles and championships,” the defender added.
Getting close to the end of his seventh season at Barcelona, Piqué said he was proud of everything they had achieved in this time: "We’ve marked an era. I'm very happy to be part of this team. We’ll remember for a long time, now is the time to enjoy it."
“We know how football is. Football is all about results; when they’re coming they’re with you and when they aren’t, they all jump on another bandwagon. Right now everyone, the team, the fans, the coaches and the directors are fired up,” Piqué concluded.
Neymar spoke about the excitement of playing in the Champions League final: "This is a different feeling. It’ll be my first Champions League final and I’m very happy about that and I’m also really happy for my teammates.”
Regarding the opponent in the final, the forward said: “I have no preference, the best will win, and we’re in the final awaiting whoever makes it through and gets there."
Ivan Rakitic was full of praise for his coach after the game: "Our coach is really important for us, for sure. I think every coach has different ideas, so does our coach, but right now I want to give him thanks from our team because without him this would be impossible."
"It was perfect work from everybody, and I hope we can get this title. The opponent in the final is not so important for us. We respect all teams, so the second semifinal will again be a big game, but the most important thing for us is that we will be in the final in Berlin. We want to prepare for the game in the best way and it will be great."
Andrés Iniesta was very happy with the team's achievement: “We should celebrate, this is great. We’ll try to finish what we started.”
“We are where we want to be at every year, a step away from every title. But we can’t stop just yet, we have to try and win them all. The titles are all that's left and it would be great for everyone and the team to win them,” he added.
Regarding the team's Champions League run and the possible opponents in the final, the midfielder said: “It’s taken a lot of effort, we’ve beaten a lot of difficult opponents. I’m indifferent as to who we get in the final.”
Jordi Alba said: "The big teams win more than they lose. We’re having a great season, we’re in two finals and now we’ll try to win the league. I want Barça to be in all competitions. We are and on Wednesday we'll see who we’ll face in the final."
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