Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has hailed Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as “the best trident in the history of the club and football”.
Affectionately known as the MSN, the South American trio fired La Blaugrana to a historic second treble last season and have since done their bit to keep the club in with a shout of defending all three trophies, accounting for almost three quarters of the side’s goal output so far this term.
“We’ll face another team who have changed Coaches [referring to Real Sociedad],” the Coach said at a Press conference ahead of Saturday’s match against Valencia in La Liga.
“They’re a team I particularly like, and Nuno [Santo’s] work was more than outstanding.
“Sergi [Roberto] twisted his ankle and needs time out. We won’t take risks and never have done with any player.
“Mestalla is one of the most difficult places to go, not only because they haven’t lost there for a year. It’s always been like this.
“[The turbulence at Valencia] serves as a stimulus.
“I’m optimistic [about our squad], despite knowing that there are players who have had more minutes than others.
“The League is full of surprises, but Valencia, despite their situation, are one of the best teams in it.
“We know it’ll be very difficult. We only won here with a late goal last season, in a match we should’ve solved sooner.
“I have no strong opinion on [Denis Cheryshev]. I have nothing to say about this issue.
“[On Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez scoring against Villanovense], for a striker, it’s always important to get minutes and score goals.
“The start of the season was tough against rivals of a high calibre, but we go game by game even when trophies are won.
“We’d be wrong and in for a nasty surprise if he thought the second half of the season would be easier.
“We’re delighted that Luis [Suarez] wants to be here for many years.
“It’s the task of everyone [to account for a suspension].
“I’m not very happy with the performances of the B team, but there are players like [Sergi] Samper, [Gerard] Gumbau, Aitor [Cantalapiedra] or [Juan] Camara who have helped [the first team] out.
“They need to improve their level if they want to reach the first team one day.
“I think we have the best trident in both the history of the club and football.”