Luis Enrique has warned Sevilla that Barcelona will “go for everything from day one” this season ahead of Sunday’s Supercopa first leg.
Barca’s preseason was hampered by a number of players returning late due to their participation in international tournaments over June and July and perceived deficiencies at the back, but Enrique insists the only problem facing his team is the prospect of a difficult campaign.
“[On Paco Alcacer], I have a rule that I don’t comment on names that aren’t [at Barca],” the Coach said in the second half of his Press conference.
“If I didn’t have this rule then I’d be talking about the 543 forwards we’ve been linked with in the Press. I’m only focused on this trophy.
“I’ve liked our attitude [from preseason]. In the two years that I’ve been here, I haven’t had to intervene with an exercise to improve our intensity.
“What I’ve liked the least? Nothing worries me. There are things to improve on, but we’re onto them.
“Perhaps we lack rhythm for the rest we’ve given to certain players, but what’s worse is that it’ll be a long season. [Our lack of rhythm] won’t be an excuse and we must go for everything from day one.
“[On Lionel Messi], for me to see Leo play [for Argentina again] is great news for football.
“[On Jordi Alba], he completed training [on Saturday] and is available.
“[On defensive errors], this is a team sport, we’re not dependent on defence alone. Many goals have been conceded through individual errors, which are rare from these players.
“They’ve happened and they’ll continue to happen, but we must always pay attention. I know my players and the team will continue to combine and make life difficult for the opposing team. Ask our rivals. Still, we must improve in all aspects.
“[On Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s injury], I make decisions based on the players I have. I don’t make plans in advance.
“I know [Sergi Samper] perfectly well. He’s a quality player. Moreover, he’s a pivot but he can adapt to playing as a central midfielder.
“He’s not had many minutes, given the squad we have, but we’ll assess which is the best option for him. There’s still time to talk.
“[On Arda Turan being a better finisher or creator], he’s good at both. I like him in both roles, it depends on what I look for and the type of match we’re facing.
“[On Andre Gomes and Samuel Umtiti], after seeing how they’ve integrated [into training] they’re both ready.”