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Luis Enrique: Barcelona "not as clinical" in Manchester United loss

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique wasn't exactly celebrating after his team suffered its first preseason loss against Manchester United.

The Blaugrana manager gave a brief press conference after the match, in which he highlighted how well his opponent played, but also mentioned that his men weren't as sharp as they usually are. He also criticized the pitch conditions and explained the absence of Douglas Pereira in the game, as well as the test using Sergi Roberto at right-back in the second half.

Here's some more of his post-match quotes:

On the game itself:

"Hitting the woodwork is part of the game. Today we have not been as clinical as usual. Aside from hitting the post, we created plenty of chances."

"It was a shame that that the pitch was so dry. It hurt both teams."

"Sergi Roberto at right back is another option. The more options we have the better. He looked good playing at full back."

"Douglas didn’t play for fitness reasons. He ended the game the other day a little sore and we did not want to take risks."

Meeting with Van Gaal:

"I spoke to him for five minutes. It was a pleasure. He is a great person and one of the best coaches that I ever had. I have great memories of him."

On United:

"With a coach like Van Gaal and the kind of players they have, it is a team that are going for everything."

"In a year a lot of things can happen. We came off the back of a year without a trophy and we won the treble. United could do the same, it’s a great club."

Source: FCBarcelona.com