Enrique plays down Athletic win

Luis Enrique has warned Barcelona 'not to take heart' from their 5-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

The Catalans' attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all got on the scoresheet at San Mames as the side closed the gap on leaders Real Madrid to a single point.

"I was left with the feeling that the team respond to adversity by trying to score goals," the Coach said after the game.

"It was a good game and a great night, but there's a lot [of the season to go] and there'll be surprises for everyone.

"When a team like Athletic presses you high, it's [an opportunity] you can't refuse. I like to attack the space, even if it means that team has to run at their maximum.

"You must also control the tempo. Matches can be won in many ways. We're very comfortable with the ball, and we've also started to feel very comfortable without it.

"Throughout the season, all teams have ups and downs. This tournament is won by the most consistent team, but it won't be decided until the last day, so we can't take heart yet.

"We must be prepared for any [adverse] circumstances. Barca have been the same from day one. The players aren't machines.

"We all make mistakes. I always want us to give our best account of ourselves, but it's not possible.

"It's a great privilege to have a player like [Lionel] Messi, but recognition must go to the whole team, when they play at a level like [on Sunday]."

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