Luis Enrique says Barcelona are “crazy about winning” the Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday but warns of “too much Johan Cruyff motivation”.
The second and final Clasico of the season in La Liga is considered the edgiest for quite some time, with Cruyff’s passing last week overshadowing much of the build-up, while victory for Barca would move them 13 points clear of Madrid.
“These types of games generate so much of a buzz that tiredness doesn’t worry me,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“I’ve noticed speaking to the players that they’re crazy about winning [on Saturday].
“We won’t change our way of playing. We must keep the ball for as long as possible so Madrid don’t show the quality they have.
“[On the Champions League], the only important match is [Saturday].
“[On Marc-Andre ter Stegen], I’m not talking about anything other than the game [on Saturday].
“[On Johan Cruyff], the club have a competitive spirit, one which is bombproof.
“Too much motivation [to win in his honour] would be a mistake.
“Control is an issue for us. What Cruyff would’ve liked most would be that we won by putting on a good show.
“We’re playing to stay as leaders and take a giant step in the League, regardless of the point difference.
“The League marks the trajectory of the season and we’re first.
“I expect a fiery Camp Nou and that the fans are at their highest level, against their biggest, eternal rivals.”