Luis Enrique doesn’t value Barcelona’s record run of unbeaten games aside from the trophies it may deliver and what it says about the players.
Barca made it 29 games without defeat in drawing 1-1 with Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, going through to the Final by an 8-1 aggregate score.
“The record speaks of the ability to reinvent a football idea. It speaks volumes about the ability of these players,” Enrique said after the match, AS reports.
“These statistics prepare you for trophies, in this case the Copa Final. Then we’ll see if it’s worth anything.”
The game was played out in front of a mostly empty Mestalla, the home fans staying away from the fixture in protest at the team’s recent results and administration.
“The atmosphere that surrounded the game was different from what is supposed to be for a semi-final,” Lucho admitted.
“It was strange, but it was logical to the situation we’re in.
“It was hard because on one hand it is motivating to play the Final, but on the other is the advantage we had. It would have been a huge accident to fail.
“You have to know this team and I’m very happy with their intensity and how they have played.
“We’re spoiled in Finals. Just look at the number we have played, and especially the Copa. It’s the most beautiful game of the year and we have to enjoy it for 10 minutes then leave it parked.”