Luis Enrique Urges Barcelona To Fight On

Luis Enrique is happy with Barcelona’s tenacious display in the victory over Las Palmas.

Suarez and Neymar scored on either side of a Willian Jose leveller.

And with the fixtures coming thick and fast, Enrique hopes Barcelona can keep up.

“I don’t think there was a lack of rhythm. It was an effective performance,” he told reporters after the match. “We had chances to close the game before the final 10 minutes, in which they also had opportunities.

“The interventions from [Las Palmas goalkeeper] Javi Varas were at a high level. In the second half we could have been more compact and had chances to win well, but they were also able to draw at the end.

“Playing every two days, the only thing we can ask is that players keep on competing. I am happy with what I have seen, but we can improve things.

Luis Enrique removed Arda Turan from his midfield in favour of Ivan Rakitic at the break, but insisted it had nothing to do with the visit to Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“Arda subbed off at half-time? He had a yellow card, we didn’t want to take risks,” he explained.

“Arsenal will no doubt make things complicated and they have the quality to trouble us. It will be difficult, they [matches in the Champions League] all are.”

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