Luis Enrique has joked that his exit announcement last month is the catalyst behind Barcelona’s improved form after Wednesday’s 3-0 win against Sevilla.
Barca have only failed to win once since Enrique confirmed he would step down at the end of the season, with goals from Lionel Messi (x2) and Luis Suarez firing the Catalans to a third straight victory, which keeps them hot on the toes of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
“We played at a top level,” the Coach said after the game.
“We practically locked them in their half of the pitch and we have created many chances.
“Our pressing in the first half was spectacular. Sincerely, it was one of our best first halves of the season.
“The second half? It was a different game, but it’s a normal thing that can happen.
“Winning since my exit announcement? They feel such a great relief from getting rid of me, that now they’re flying!
“I have a great time when we win, but when we lose, the cannibals come out and I’m in the middle."
“Suarez? For me, he’s the best No 9 in the world, not only for how he uses his body to protect the ball but for his shooting, talent, sacrifice, pace and potential. "
“Alena? He still has a lot to learn, but he’s at the best place to do that.”