Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says he liked everything about his team during Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg clash against Arsenal.
Barcelona will be defending a healthy 2-0 lead when they host Arsenal at the Camp Nou for the second leg after Leo Messi scored twice in a pacey encounter at the Emirates stadium, to mark the 10,000th goal in the Catalans’ history.
An elated Enrique in his post-match conference had this to say;
“I liked everything about Barcelona from the very beginning. I liked the way we scored, we had plenty of possession and in the first half we managed to have a lot of the ball. Arsenal defended with every player in their own half but we still managed to trouble them. In the second half they pressed a bit higher and we managed to stop the transitions, that’s how we decided the game in our favour.
“Everyone who knows football knows that you have to have a first half like that so you can have a second half like we did. Arsenal are very good in helping each other collectively and obviously we needed to stop their transitions.
“Arsenal are one of the best teams in the world when it comes to transitions and I felt my players performed perfectly and were deserved winners. The result is really good but obviously nothing is decided yet, we will have to play really well in front of our fans in order to go through.
“I think that Arsenal in the second half tried to press a bit higher but we managed to deal with that pressure really well. It’s important to have lots of resources and we are one of the best sides when it comes to playing against a really tight defence.” The Barcelona boss is quoted as saying on UEFA.com