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Luis Enrique on Atlético Madrid match: "We are convinced we can win"

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is a very confident man ahead of his team's next league game.

Although the Blaugrana will travel to the ever tough environment of the Vicente Calderón Stadium for a much-anticipated La Liga encounter with Atlético Madrid, their last visit was doubly victorious: not only did Barça win the match with a Lionel Messi goal, it was enough to give them the Spanish league title, which set the stage for a second club Treble. That recent history gives Lucho a lot of faith on his team's ability to survive a new-look Colchonero squad and win a third straight league game.

The Asturian coach also commented on other topics in his pregame press conference, including Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen's debut in La Liga, and more. Here's a few highlights of his presser:

"I expect a tough game regardless of the break. The visit [to Madrid] in itself presents certain difficulties. If we don't play a good match, Atlético will hurt us. The [international] hiatus is not an excuse, neither for us nor for our rivals.

"We're going there convinced we can win.

On Gerard Piqué's recent declarations:

"Piqué is a splendid guy, he's sincere and he's original."

On Barça's goalkeeping situation:

"I'm very confident in both [ter Stegen and Jordi Masip], just like with the rest of their teammates."

On his team's early-season fixtures:

"It might be tough for us, but if you look at any other coach they might say, 'we've got a tough fixture list too.' That's the calendar and I can't change it or use it as an excuse for what happens."

"It's difficult but it's also pretty attractive to have so many great games [early in the season]."


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