Luis Enrique doesn’t expect to emulate Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger and spend two decades on the Barcelona bench.
Wenger’s Arsenal travel to Camp Nou on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie, Barca holding a 2-0 advantage from the away leg, and Enrique was asked at his pre-match Press conference if he expects to mimic the Frenchman’s longevity.
“It shows the level the manager has. And he is a chosen one, but in my case, it’s impossible,” he replied, AS reports.
“I don’t have the knowledge to analyse what is happening. Increasingly there are more Coaches and the competition is great.
“The clubs would come out cheaper if no contract was signed for more than six months. The shorter the better. From year to year, the better. It would be more logical.
“If I say I don’t enjoy it on the bench with this team, attack me. It is an intense enjoyment, but it’s relative.”
Wenger has been under criticism of late for Arsenal’s results as they fall behind in the Premier League race, lose in the FA Cup and face a difficult task recovering against Barca.
“We won’t change anything whatever the result. The goal is to be better than they are,” Enrique replied when asked if Wenger needed to change his approach.
“Maybe they should change something but that’s a question for Mr. Wenger.
“That it’s the second game is an influence, but we won’t change the way we see things. We’re aware we have to have a great game.
“It’s the Champions League. In order to go through you have to have two great games. We’re not going to relax.”
Enrique was also asked about the three children who interrupted a Barca training session on Tuesday and joined in with the players.
“I’m not worried about that. It’s a story, it shouldn’t be news,” he noted.
“What worries me is that these children aren’t in school. They got to play a rondo, which few can say.”