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Luis Enrique: "Arda seems more integrated and much happier"

The Barcelona coach was impressed by the new 'singing section' at Camp Nou: "They were 300 of them but it sounded like there were 3,000. It's good for us".

Luis Enrique: "Arda seems more integrated and much happier"
Rodolfo MolinaDIARIO AS

After watching his side storm to a 6-2 win over Betis on the opening day of the season, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gave his thoughts to the press.

The game in general: "For this stage of the season, I'd say it was practically a perfect performance. And also on an emotional level it was perfect. I saw the players with more desire than ever - not that that has every been an issue with us, but they were active in tracking back to defend and lively in attack. We were brace and effective in the situations which the game threw at us. There were also some minutes when we struggled, perhaps when Betis equalised, but in general, the team was spectacular and I congratulate them, and also the new 'singing section' of the stand. They were 300 of them but it sounded like there were 3,000 so once they fill it with 1,300, they are really going to make themselves heard. It's good for us. I know how the socios feel about it but they need to forget about being calm when they step inside Camp Nou. It would be great for us if the energy and the singing spread to the rest of the stadium".

Arda: "He can really come into his own in two positions. As a deep-lying forward he is scoring goals; in reduced spaces he is unbelieveable - fantastic. He's bringing us a lot and even when he drifts out wide to the wing. I hope he feels very satisfied because it is a real struggle to enter into the dynamic of this team but now we are seeing the Arda of old. I'm happy to see him more integrated, happy and participating more".

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Was this Bravo's last game for Barça? "I will answer that when I have an update on the situation. I believe the club will have their day today and I will have mine when that happens, and if it happens"


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