Enrique Hits Back At Barcelona Critics

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Luis Enrique has stated he will not be overexcited by the current struggles being face by Real Madrid , a week after they went through one of their own.

Madrid have only one win in their last five games in all competitions, and while it has not affected their title aspirations.

Barcelona have won five successive matches and have reduced the gap to two on the table.

He told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Real Betis: “It’s amazing how you guys [in the press] change your opinions. A few weeks ago it was as if it was a disaster [for Barcelona].

“We try to keep a level head. There is a long time to go this season. Of course all managers like winning runs, especially for big teams; we need to get runs together. We are having one and hopefully it will continue. But there are teams ahead of us so we need to keep winning.

“Obviously for Barcelona or Madrid to triumph [in the league] then you need the other team to struggle, that’s what happens when things are tight between you.
“But we can only control our game. I go back to what I said earlier, there’s a long time to go and let’s not overdramatise things. At the end of the season we see how each team has done, who has the most points.”

The coach expects Barca’s resurgence to be put under the microscope at Betis.

“It is a different team to the one we played earlier in the season,” he added. “They’ve had a change of manager – [Gus] Poyet played here with five defenders and that’s not normal for them.

“They’re adapting to Victor [Sanchez]’s new system, they don’t play the same system as before. The fans are behind them and they are a team on the rise at the moment. They will cause us plenty of problems.

“Our idea is to go to win three points – that’s all we can do. It really doesn’t make sense to focus on other teams if you don’t win your own games.”



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