Luis Enrique claims the Barcelona dressing room “has been united for as long as I’ve been here” ahead of Sunday’s trip to Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Reports emerged in the wake of Barca’s 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the month that Enrique had lost the confidence of his players, but the Coach insists that could not be further from the truth.
“The dressing room has always been united for as long as I’ve been here,” he said at a Press conference.
“When a Coach stops working for a club, there are two pieces of news: one that’s sad for the Coach who leaves and one that’s happy for the Coach who arrives.
“Winning matches is difficult for any team. Points can be dropped on any given day.
“Umtiti has gained importance in the team thanks to his performances, not the absences of others.
“Our objective against Atletico is to have a great game and pick up the three points.
“I see Ter Stegen in a very good way. He doesn’t usually participate much, but when he does, he’s decisive and I’m very happy.
“Juvenil A are having a fine season. I saw Mboula’s goal but it shouldn’t be given too much importance because [the hype] could affect his development.
“We’ve had a brutal calendar and that takes its toll. Atletico? I like my team as it is.
“We’re in the logical process of a season in which we intend to improve our performance, and it’s costing us.”