‘Sporting return difficult and special’

Luis Enrique is looking forward to returning to childhood club Sporting Gjion and facing old friend Abelardo but ‘I owe Barcelona.’

Enrique began his career at El Molinon before moving to Real Madrid and on to Barca, and grew up playing with his Sporting counterpart.

“Going home isn’t complicated. I left a long time ago but I’m Barca Coach and the goal is the same in every game,” Enrique told a Press conference, AS reports.

“It’s my home but the work comes first. Let’s go for the points, which are essential.

“Abelardo? For seven years we went to school together and went through a lot together. We’re on different benches, but he’s been very important in my life, as well as his family. Time has reinforced that.

“I didn’t imagine this scenario 15 years ago. We didn’t talk about it when we were players. I don’t see how he works as a Coach but what he accomplishes with his teams.

“They can stay in the division this year and last year they weren’t a team that was thought to be the best in their League.

“I was a Sporting member as a child and went in the stands with a flag made by my mother. It will be difficult and special, but I owe Barca.

“The union between the city and the club is important. If our unbeaten streak ends, I’d rather it be at El Molinon.

“Alen Halilovic? He’s getting the minutes we wanted. He still has areas to improve. He doesn’t start, but he gets minutes. This is the evolution of a young player, getting better.”

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