‘Barca adapted for each game’

Javier Mascherano has credited Barcelona’s flexibility as a major reason for their success this season.

The Catalans reclaimed the League title and are two games away from the treble, with the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao preceding the Champions League final, where they meet Juventus.

Barca were for the first time under the tutelage of Luis Enrique, and Masche praised the Coach for his willingness to change, as well as crediting the squad for accepting the Barca way.

“One of the great successes has been to adapt the game needed for every game,” he said, AS reports.

“It’s not beneath us to play at certain times on the counter-attack and win games thanks to the strategy.

“When you come from outside you have to adapt to the Barca philosophy, and if that doesn’t suit you, you have to go.”

Mascherano also compared himself to the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, and confirmed he intends to take up coaching in the future.

“I’m passionate about the game and every day I try to learn more. My career hasn’t been characterised by having natural talent,” he added.

“Everything has cost me a lot of work, but I wouldn’t give up my ability to work and sacrifice for the talent of Messi, Iniesta or Xavi. I like to admire and enjoy. My luck is getting up every morning to do what most excites me.

“I can’t imagine being away from [the world of football]. I’ve had great Coaches. I have a commitment to this sport so in the future I’ll convey all the knowledge I have gained.”

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