Enrique: "Leo will be the best as long as he wants to be"
The Barcelona manager spoke ahead of his side's match against Eibar: "They have done their homework. We're away and it will be a difficult game."
2-0 win last season: “There are different aspects this time, because they have a new coach and because of the players they have. It will be a difficult game because we are away and they are a tough side who play well. They have done their homework. We have to be competitive and all of our games are going to difficult.”
Eibar: “They play directly, they base their attacks on transitions and press high up. The size of their pitch and the fans they have are good for them.”
Hostile atmosphere: “I remember the last game of last season when we were winning 2-0 and they came back for a draw. People can have their suspicions if they want, we have a clear conscience.”
Messi renewal to 2022: “I’m a coach, a pretty good one, but I’m not a magician. He will be the best in the world as long as he wants to be, but age catches us all up eventually. I hope he’ll still be the best at 40. Pichichi? I can see him getting 10 goals more than whoever is second. What makes me very optimistic is that I see that enthusiasm in him to win everything with the team. He’s very motivated.”
Rafinha: “It’s great news that you’re thinking about him. His recovery is going well, he’s on the right track. The important step still remains – to get the green light from the doctors.”
35-game unbeaten record: “When you’re on a positive run it’s always better when you’re going into a game. We always prepare for matches in the same way: looking at how to hurt the opposition and how to prevent them from doing the same to us. There isn’t only one key, it’s the accumulation of many things.”
Brazil: “We have to talk about the Copa América and the Olympics. Until the time comes, nothing will be decided.”
Week off: “It will be welcome so that we can look at some things at the technical level. We’ve been working for a year and a half on primordial aspects. It will be good to have a few days off and look at some new ideas.”