This is an exclusive translation of a great piece in Spanish by Albert Morén writing for EUMD. He discusses the immense value of Pique and Iniesta in the context of the Villarreal match. Hope you enjoy it! [You can check out the original here]
A big part of the evolution of F.C. Barcelona this season has to do with Andres Iniesta. His performance has increased the weight of a midfield that until recently was more of a way station, and his status as the orchestrator has changed the way the leaders of this league attack. Luis Enrique dotes on him, protects him and gives him the minutes he can, always wary of his age and relevance in the system.
Mission accomplished, says Lucho
Luis Enrique could not have been a happier man after seeing his team breeze to a third Club World Cup win in Yokohama, as his post-match comments suggest. “We’ve set goals and achieved them, so we’re satisfied,” began Lucho, who added, “It’s also great to achieve titles by playing well and with a certain style.”
The Asturian also sang his team’s praises, saying, “None of the goals could have been achieved hadn’t we been able to count on a team of this level,” and ended his presser by affirming that the challenge Barça faces now is to “continue winning and to fight for every possible title.”
Lucho: Barça deserved more
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique did not exactly seem disappointed by his team’s failure to get all three points from the visit to Mestalla, but did highlight some of the points he didn’t like about Saturday’s performance.
The coach began by saying that “football did not reward us for all the effort we put in,” and showed slight signs of regret, highlighting, “In one of the two chances they had, they scored. We deserved to win but then that is the beauty of football.”
The coach also had some words for Leo Messi, who had a rather quiet game yesterday by his stellar standards in his fourth appearance after coming back from injury. “He is getting better and better physically, coming back to his best. He is key and indispensable. It’s all part of the normal process of getting back to 100 percent,” Lucho said.
Amidst a hilarious turn of events for eternal rivals Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos strikes again. Reports suggest los blancos have been kicked out of the Copa del Rey after they were accused of breaking regulations by fielding the suspended Cheryshev during their Copa match against Cadiz. Our very own jokester and eternal culé Gerard Piqué couldn’t help but take piss again at the men in white in regards to their horrifically miserable season so far:
Players having fun
After last night’s showing of extravagant football, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique praised his team’s performance in the post-match press conference, but as his habit goes, he asserted that there is still room for improvement.
“When you see your players have fun out on the pitch, you’re happy,” he continued, “We take every game with the seriousness and necessity to know that in the most important stretch of the season it will be important to create this kind of pressure to get good results.”