Crisis will return with a bad result: Luis Enrique
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has laughed off suggestions the club have come through an institutional crisis thanks to their best performance of the season to beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 last weekend.
Madrid: Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has laughed off suggestions the club have come through an institutional crisis thanks to their best performance of the season to beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 last weekend.
Enrique`s job was believed to be on the line against the Spanish champions with his relationship with star player Lionel Messi at breaking point.
Ironically, it was a Messi-inspired display that saw off Diego Simeone`s men as he scored once and set up Neymar and Luis Suarez as all three of Barca`s star forward line found the net in the same game for the first time in La Liga.
"Nothing has changed. As soon as we lose or draw the party will start again," Enrique said on Saturday.
Victory last weekend kept the Catalans just a point adrift of Real Madrid at the top of the table, although the European champions also have a game in hand.
Barca will reach the halfway mark of their league season away to Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday and Enrique is aware of the need for all three points to maintain the pressure on Madrid.
"We`re missing tomorrow`s result, but until now the evaluation is positive. We need to get to February or March with a chance to win titles and we are on course for that.
"What we expect are the logical differences of a game away from home. The state of the pitch seems like it won`t be perfect and that is a handicap.
"Then you have the opponent, who are having a good season and trying to get away from the relegation zone. They will create us problems in some phases of the game."
Neymar is a doubt for the trip to the Riazor as he continues to recover from a nasty looking ankle injury picked up against Atletico.
Jeremy Mathieu will definitely miss out due to an Achilles problem, but Xavi Hernandez should be fit for selection after taking a full part in training on Saturday.