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Luis Enrique brushes off criticism and slams press "exaggerations"

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says that criticism after his side’s 4-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday has had “zero effect” and slammed press "exaggerations"

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Luis Enrique brushes off criticism and slams press "exaggerations"
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FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says that criticism after his side’s 4-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday has had “zero effect” on him.

Nevertheless, Sunday's LaLiga game at the Camp Nou against Leganes (20:45 CET) will serve as a test to see how Barcelona react "in the face of a difficult situation", Enrique added.

"The critics have zero effect on me, because if they did I wouldn’t have been in this position for almost three years," said the under-pressure Barça coach.

“I am not interested in what [critics] say, we are the first ones to be self-critical and those who try to find solutions. Fortunately, there is distance between you journalists and me," he told a news conference. "I don’t go anywhere near a television or a radio, not even when drunk."

Luis Enrique is under pressure following the 4-0 loss to PSG

"This is a world of exaggeration"

Enrique, who is out of contract at the end of the season, also downplayed the "exaggerations" in the press following Barcelona’s loss in Paris.

"This is a world of exaggeration, I think things are neither black nor white, and that there are many nuances,” he said.

“We are still going in three competitions, in one we are a bit compromised, but in the other two we are more than alive. We’re second in the league and in the other [the Copa del Rey] we’re in the final.

“This is for the optimists, for the pessimists, I won’t say anything."