Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has insisted that he is unfazed by Zinedine Zidane’s winning start to life at Real Madrid. “I haven’t seen his games.”
The Frenchman has won both of his games since replacing Rafa Benitez to move Los Blancos within four points of the summit in La Liga – not that the Coach is concerned as he looked forward to Malaga on Saturday.
“Javi Gracia is meticulous when it comes to detail,” he said at a Press conference.
“Malaga are a team who always cause us problems.
“I don’t think much will change [with Nordin Amrabat leaving].
“Amrabat was their most decisive player, but the general idea of the team won’t change.
“Not at all [when asked if Javier Mascherano would be rested].
“[Lionel Messi and Jeremy Mathieu] have recovered, trained [on Thursday] and shouldn’t have any trouble entering the team.
“There’s no problem [on my part] with referees. Everyone can make their own judgments.
“It’s an atrocious calendar. We’re in the same boat as those who have cup games and demanding [League] ones at the weekend.
“[On transfers], I’m the same as I was on the first day of the transfer window.
“There’s zero to report on, but we know what we want and at what conditions. We won’t change them.
“[On the timing of the game], it comforts me to play against opponents who are faced with the same conditions as us.
“In Italy, [games] are played at three [local time] but no-one bats an eyelid.
“[On Douglas leaving on loan], it’s an interesting possibility, but it has to suit all parties.
“[On whether Neymar is being pursued by Madrid], I don’t get that impression.
“I haven’t seen his games [referring to Zinedine Zidane’s start].
“[On resting Luis Suarez], it’s hard to rest players with his type of hunger.
“Every cloud has a silver lining. We used his [Copa del Rey] ban to rest him.”