‘Luis Enrique has evolved Barca’

Andres Iniesta believes Barcelona have “evolved” under Luis Enrique but disagrees they play that differently to Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side.

In the second and final part of his interview with former Real Madrid player, Coach and sporting director Jorge Valdano on BeIN Sports Espana, Iniesta explained the impact of Enrique’s decision to quit Barca and how the Coach changed the Catalans’ style of play.

“What he’s said he’s going to do next year doesn’t change much,” stated the midfielder.

“It doesn’t change much in terms of our commitment, attitude, what we want to achieve or will try to achieve between now and the end of the season.

“Obviously everyone will have their opinion on whether it’s good that he has said it or not, but we respect his decision and there’s else little to add.

“The rest doesn’t change, either on his side or ours. It’d be foolish not to see things like that. In that sense, we have to be calm and so should the fans.

“A more ‘vertical’ Barca? I don’t think it’s fair to compare this Barca [with Guardiola’s].

“You could also do a comparison in terms of trophies. In our first year under Luis Enrique, we won the treble.

“In our second season, we won two Supercopas, the League and the Copa. I wouldn’t say that our style now varies much from our previous one.

“It’s an evolution, which is neither worse nor better. Maybe our game has changed maybe it hasn’t, but I feel just as good. I’m enjoying it as much as I did before.”

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