‘Messi doping test not unusual’

Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique has downplayed the controversy surrounding Lionel Messi's double doping test. "It's within the bounds of normality."

The Argentine was this week singled out for blood and urine samples by the Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health in Sport, prompting a cryptic Instagram post from the forward, but the Coach believes it is nothing out of the ordinary.

"A double analysis is a possibility," he said at a Press conference on Tuesday.

"Even if may seem a bit odd, it's within the bounds of normality. We're against doping and fine about it. We comply with all doping laws."

Luis Enrique then passed judgment on summer arrivals Douglas and Luis Suarez, before commenting on his attacking options in a collective sense.

"Luis didn't play our first matches of the season because of his ban, but he's now giving us what we want from him," he added.

"We have options, but Bartra and Adriano are different players.

"Adriano is more defensive and Bartra is a centre-back who can play [at right-back], but I want to surprise Laurent Blanc.

"[Regarding Douglas], whoever has played more or less is a matter of opinion.

"For example, there were players who did not serve me at the beginning of last year but ended up being indispensable.

"Out attacking trident has to work towards achieving their best numbers. The more options in attack, the better."

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