Bartomeu: Enrique right to rotate

Josep Maria Bartomeu has praised Luis Enrique’s rotation policy following Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Levante in La Liga on Sunday.

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick on his 300th League appearance, complemented by Neymar’s scuffed finish and Luis Suarez’s bicycle kick, fired the Catalans – who had made eight changes from their Copa del Rey success against Villarreal earlier in the week – to a resounding win at Camp Nou.

“It was a good game and a good result. All the fans enjoyed the match and the goals [on show],” the President said after the match.

“Given the recent holidays and increasing [travel] costs, 74,000 is a good number [of spectators] but also a significant number.

“[In order to increase attendances], the [fixture] schedule should be more accommodating for children.

“We’ve also managed to let in older [club] members and children for free this weekend, but the long weekend made it harder [to attract fans].

“[On the court hearing], we’re only focused on the football, but sometimes things happen which we don’t like.

“We’ve had two good games in the Copa [del Rey] and La Liga, and now we’d like to reach the top [of the table].

“The players are fully focused on all fronts. They have the ability to focus and concentrate on both the football and competitions.

“Perhaps [Barca have overtaken Real Madrid recently], but the season is very long.

“The second half of the season has just started and Atletico [Madrid] are also close. Each team play as they may, but our rivals are also doing well.

“We’re improving game by game and I’m satisfied with the players and the team. Luis Enrique has introduced rotations and it’s working. We must stay this way for the next game.

“We’re still on all fronts, and I wish there were more matches but breaks are good for the players.

“[It allows them] to better prepare for matches ahead of returning to the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa.”

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