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Luis Enrique: “Everyone does the job they are paid to do”

Luis Enrique evaded giving an opinion on Málaga's home meeting with Real Madrid on the final day: "I'm not going to enter into this game".


Luis Enrique faced the media this afternoon to gives his thoughts on tomorrow's Catalan derby, as Barcelona cross town to take on Espanyol in Cornellà.

Catalan derby is going to be tough says Barcelona coach

What kind of Espanyol side do you expect to face on Saturday?
The fact that it's a derby gives it a special edge. Where both teams might be in the table doesn't come into it - I'm expecting it to be an incredibly difficult and intense game.

A lot has been made of the comments which have been coming out of Málaga in recent days - from Míchel, Al-Thani… Do they cause you to have any doubts about what might happen on the last day of the season?
I have neither the interest nor the desire to enter into these things. I'll continue doing things as I have done all along over the past few years.

Espanyol are a very tactically-sound side. The battle to control the midfield will be the key?
I wouldn't confine the battle to to just one part of the pitch. Every game is conditioned by various different factors but we will be trying to compete the same away from home as we do at our ground. It's not going to change the game for us. We will be trying to play our style of football from the start.

Neymar's back after serving suspension. How is he?
He's fine, as always and he's ready to compete tomorrow.

Neymar, André Gomes, Leo Messi and Ivan Rakitic in today's session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
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Neymar, André Gomes, Leo Messi and Ivan Rakitic in today's session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan GamperALEJANDRO GARCÍAEFE

Is Iniesta ready to return?
We'll see tomorrow. He's had a few twinges to his adductor and we'll see how he's feeling tomorrow.

No photo with Quique Sánchez Flores ahead of Catalan derby

The traditional photocall with both coaches posing before the game won't be happening this year, why?
I have no interest in commenting on matters which are nothing to do with the sporting side. I gave you my thoughts earlier in the season.

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You said the Madrid gamne was as important as a final. Is tomorrow's against Espanyol a final too?
At this stage of the season, every game you play is key. The Bernabéu game was important because we were playing against a direct rival and now, just for the number of games which remain, we need to win all of them.

Are you worried about Luis Suárez's figures in front of goal?
No, because his numbers are not just related to the goals he scores but also the ones he creates for the others.

Neymar in Friday's session
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Neymar in Friday's sessionALEJANDRO GARCÍAEFE

Barça lifting the league depends on Madrid losing one or more of their games. Munir said he would like to give Barça a hand tomorrow... were you pleased by that?
I'm not going to enter into this little game when some ones says A, someone else B and another Z. Everyone does the job they have to do - beyond any attachment to one club or another and I try to do my job well with mine.

Luis Enrique, no comment on ex-Madridista Michel, whose Málaga side meet Madrid on the last day

You know (Málaga coach) Míchel; you don't have any doubts about what might happen on the final day?
(Silence). Ask this bloke sat next to me.

L’Équipe conducted a poll about the top coaches in Europe and you come in at 13th. Are you happy?
13th? I love it.


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