matchdays | 2015-05-02
Lucho's and the players' comments after the Córdoba win
“This result is a boost for us ahead of what is going to be a very difficult tie”
FC Barcelona's coach, Luis Enrique, spoke to the press after his team's resounding win away to Córdoba.
When asked about the game he said: “Football is a very complex sport. We are in a good run but in every game we still need to generate those kinds of situations which will allow you to go on and get a result. Right up until minute 39 we had created several chances on goal, but we lacked the inspiration to put them away. The goals from Ivan and Luis came just at the right time for us, and served us well going into the second half when we were much more effective. The three points we’ve gained today are key and I am very happy.”
He then moved on to the penalty that Leo Messi allowed Neymar to take: “They decide between themselves depending on how they see fit.”
Luis Enrique was pleased with his team's attitude: “There’s no other way to confront these games. If we really want to win the league then we’ve got to do what is necessary – it doesn’t matter who you are facing or which stadium you are playing in. We did what we needed to do, in spite of what Madrid will do later this evening.”
“It’s a complicated sensation for any team to concede two goals in quick succession just before the break. That really hurt Córdoba. I doff my hat for the way they tried to contain us today,” he added.
He also noted that Jordi Alba is not injured: “He’s just suffering the usual, typical twinges – nothing serious.”
Looking ahead at the Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, Luis Enrique said: “This result is a boost for us ahead of what is going to be a very difficult tie.”
The game was played during a heatwave in Cordoba, but the coach said that his players are fine: “It’s normal that the high temperature affected both teams but we resolved the match in spectacular style. The players rehydrated more than normal but we’ve got a few days to recover before the Bayern game.”
Luis Suárez said: "Now we have to forget this match and focus on the game against Bayern."
"It's an important match and we will have to put in a lot of effort. We had to do everything possible to make sure we got the three points here. We knew that it was an important game because we want to continue at the top of the table and we were able to do that [get the points]," he continued.
"I am really happy at the moment and that is thanks to the support and the confidence my teammates have in me," the 28-year-old explained. "Without them and without my family, I would not be scoring these goals."
Ivan Rakitic said: "It's always important to open the scoring. It wasn't easy because [Cordoba] were very compact at the back and then there was the heat... but in the end it was a really complete game by everyone, we worked really hard."
When asked about Messi letting Neymar take the penalty, the Croatian explained: "Is it a sign of the good relationship between the forwards? Not just them, but also the whole squad. The dressing room is a big family, we are really united."
"We [the players] are all working for the same objective. There are 25 of us than can play and we know we must work together if we want to win matches. We're taking things one game at a time and respecting all of our rivals. We'll keep doing our own work and see what happens," the midfielder added.
Thinking of the semifinal against Bayern Rakitic noted: "They are one of the best teams in the world. We respect them a lot, them and their manager [Pep Guardiola]. We want to play well in front of out own supporters."
Javier Mascherano was full of praise for his coach after this win: "Getting to this point in the form we're in is the coach's merit, this must be known. He was criticized a lot for his rotations, but we're very fresh now. Apart from any victory we must know that in football nothing guarantees a victory."
El Jefecito didn't want to talk about grabbing the treble or winning any trophies: "We have to be careful. Until the referee blows the last whistle anything can happen. We're getting closer, but any error at this point can be very costly. Treble? Yes, it's possible. But it's also possible to lose one game in the Champions league, one game in the league and the Cup final. Then it's all over."
Asked about the game the Argentinian said: "There wasn't such a big difference like the score shows. It would be unfair to just talk about the three forwards, even though they are the best. But the players in the other lines are also playing well."
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