Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes having played Atletico Madrid severally in La Liga counts for nothing and says they must be open-minded when they face the Rojiblancos in the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Barca host Atletico at Camp Nou on Tuesday in what promises to be an exciting fixture, with both sides also in the race for the La liga title and Enrique admits Atletico are a ‘dangerous’ side and says they must keep analyzing them.
“We have played Atlético a few times in the last couple of years but we need to analyse them and be open-minded because they may play differently this time,” he said. “They are a top team with a clear philosophy; they are dangerous on the counter and pressure you up high.”
Barcelona lost their 39-game unbeaten run when they were beaten 2-1 at Camp Nou on Saturday by Atletico’s neighbours, Real Madrid in the El Classico and while that reduced their lead at the top of La Liga, Enrique also believes it should serve as motivation to get them winning again.
“The game against Real Madrid was good for 65 minutes. Of course we made mistakes, but that is normal when your opponents are a quality team. We are not machines and I’m satisfied with what I saw. We had almost forgotten how it felt to lose, but I hope it will be motivation for us to get back on a winning streak again,” he added.
The return leg comes up in a fortnight at the Vicente Calderon with the winner over both legs advancing to the semifinals.