Just a few hours before his first ever Champions League Final as manager, Luis Enrique talked to media to preview the European Cup decider between Barcelona and Juventus. The boss was very complimentary of his opponents, and he expects a very difficult game on Saturday.
Here’s a few highlights of his pre-match conference:
“The team is where I want it to be at this point with two trophies and the chance to make history.
“I imagine a game in which we can have a lot of the ball and we can be in the Juventus half more, but I am sure that it will not be easy.
“Juventus like to have the ball as well, even though they play well in their own half they have plenty else to offer.
“The goal is to put in a good performance and be better than our rivals, and the midfield could be vital.
“The fans have to feel the game with excitement and hope that we win the trophy.”
“The midfield tends to be crucial. We want to dominate in every area, we want to exploit our virtues and minimize Juventus’ strong points.”
“Given the strength of both sides, the most normal thing would be a final with plenty of goals. However, finals have a component of special tension which makes them unpredictable.”
“It’s obvious that the players up front have more media presence but to get here you need to be a complete team. All the players are vital.”
“We are before a unique generation of players. The world of football is expecting a great final with two teams ready for the battle.”
“If both teams here are ready to make history for their clubs, that means we have done things very well.”