Enrique: Win strengthens us

Luis Enrique believes Barcelona’s 7-0 hammering of Hercules in the Copa del Rey “strengthened many players and also the team”.

Avoiding a humiliating defeat at Camp Nou to the third-tier side meant Enrique had gone 20 games in the Copa without defeat as Barca Coach, a feat never seen before.

“This indicates that we’re an ambitious team playing at a very good level, and that makes us optimistic for the future,” he said after the game.

“Sanchez Flores controversy? It was a great night.

“It was a game that strengthened many players individually and also the team in a collective sense.

“Alcacer? It wasn’t a bad time for him. These are things that happen in football.

“It’s true that we were expecting his first goal, but he’s a goalscorer and he hasn’t given us any doubts.

“Last-16 draw? I’m sure we’ll be paired with someone interesting,” he concluded, before signing a Christmas carol and leaving the Press room one last time for 2016.

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