Enrique welcomes Calderon cauldron

Luis Enrique believes the febrile atmosphere expected when Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League is ‘better for the players.’

Atleti host Barca in the second leg of the quarter-final meeting with the Catalans holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg and Lucho isn’t worried by the prospect of an intimidating welcome.

“The better the atmosphere, the better it is for the players,” he said, AS reports, when asked about visiting Vicente Calderon, Barca not having lost to Atletico in their last seven meetings.

“We always want to create doubts in the opponent. I hope we get the same result and everything happens by doing things right.

“I don’t feel it’s our most important game. The quarter-finals are attractive because only four teams go through. We’ll try to be the better team and pay attention to everything.

“Expectations? Of a normal quarter-final. We have a slight advantage, but the game isn’t closed. It’s open. We have the enthusiasm and ambition to overcome Atletico, without speculating on the result.

“We have to play a great game. When you’re not getting results you have a lot you can improve. It will cost us a lot. At this level and against this opponent. They’ll make the game complicated.

“Our fans know the team will fight to be in the semi-finals. If they doubt us they haven’t seen a lot of football.”

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