Luis Enrique hailed Barcelona’s “very good” 2-0 win at Sevilla in Sunday’s Supercopa first leg as “we’re on track for the trophy”.
Barca took charge of the tie thanks to away goals from Luis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi at the Sanchez Pizjuan, although their victory was overshadowed by potential injuries to Jeremy Mathieu and Andres Iniesta.
“It was a very good performance, given our opponents and the circumstances,” the Coach said after the game.
“We had a very good first half and were even better in the second. It’s a very good, though not definitive, result, but we’re on track for the trophy.
“I liked everything [about the team]. There were times in the first half where we had to stand near our box.
“The starters did very well, but also those who came in. We need all our players because we’ll be playing every three days.
“When you don’t have the ball, Sevilla turn everything into a one-on-one. In the second half, we changed a few things, found our forwards more easily and Leo received the ball more .
“Overall, I’ve seen the whole team at a very good level, although we lacked freshness in the first half.
“There’s no point comparing [Jorge Samapoli with Unai Emery]. I like Sampaoli’s style because it’s attacking and he believes the ball is the most important thing. I like to win this way too.
“[On Iniesta and Mathieu], it’s unfortunate that two players got injured, and I don’t think it was a good result because of that.
“[My players] have spent the past few years showing that they always compete. We’re starting the season with this trophy, so we must take great care [in what we do].
“[On Suarez and the Sevilla fans], I didn’t see anything. I was only focused on the ball and the game.”