Barcelona closed out its preseason in a big way, winning the Joan Gamper Trophy against AS Roma in exciting fashion, dominating the whole encounter and finding the net on three occasions. Most importantly, the defense was finally at a high level, which thoroughly pleased coach Luis Enrique.
Talking to the media following the game, the Blaugrana manager complimented his defenders and the whole team for doing a better job of avoiding dangerous attacks from the opposition, and controlling the game to impose the team's style of play. Enrique also seemed happy with the evolution from his group throughout the preseason, and hopes to get as close to 100% as possible for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla next week.
Here's a few highlights from his conference:
"We were much better than earlier this preseason ... that's the goal, you can not win anything without being rock-solid on defense.
"[The team] is where we expected at this stage... We are far from being 100%.
"We try to control the ball more because those are the same situations that we are used to in matches.
"When they go on vacation, they take the dietary and workout program with them. They know that the better shape they stay in, the easier it is to get back into top form.
"[Roma] is a high-level team and it was a good match."