Monday, 29 February 2016

Luis Enrique says Unbeaten means nothing without trophies

Barca coach Luis Enrique says the club's record equalling 34-game unbeaten run will mean nothing if they have no trophies to show for it come the end of the season, according to ​ESPN.

His side equalled Real Madrid's long-standing record - which they achieved under Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89 season​ following the 2-1 win over Sevilla on  sunday evening. They now sit eight points clear at the top of La Liga and ten ahead of Real in third, after Atleti beat them at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

Luis Enrique said on the current situation: "We have Atletico relatively close - eight points plus goal average. But it is not about believing what others say. We have aimed to retain the title since the first week, we are now at week 26, with another game midweek (on Thursday at Rayo Vallecano).

"We are in an un-improvable position as we head towards the decisive part of the season."

He was complimentary of Sevilla, adding: "Today was maybe the best opponent we have played this season at the Camp Nou, one of best teams in La Liga, in Europe. It is amazing this team have not won yet away from home (in La Liga all season).

"Unai (Emery)'s Sevilla are really well worked, very strong physically, can play football, are good on the wings, score lots of goals, have Gameiro's pace up front. They went ahead, we put in a great effort, knowing how important the points were. At 2-1 we had chances, not to suffer at the end, but it is a very good result, a very good performance."

However, he downplayed the significance of Barcelona's unbeaten run and challenged his players to push on further and secure trophies: "I have a long time yet before the grandkids, don't scare me with that, my children are still young. But this run will mean zero, unless we win trophies.

Title rivals Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid 1-0 over  the weekened.

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