Barcelona has lost its best player for quite a while, but the boss does not think it's the end of the world.
Coach Luis Enrique spoke to the press after the 2-1 over Las Palmas on Saturday, and almost all questions regarded the injury to club superstar Lionel Messi, who sustained a ligament tear in his left knee that will sideline him for close to two months. Enrique talked about the injury, and while his obviosuly saddened by it, he doesn't think it will be catastrophic to the team. Instead, he's looking forward to seeing his group get together and step up in the absence of its best performer.
Lucho also talked about the match, and he once again highlighted the lack of accuracy in front of the goal, among other topics. Here's a few highlights:
"Whenever there is an injury it is sad and unpleasant. If it’s an injury to Leo Messi, even more so...But we're a team and I’m convinced that we’ll overcome it. It’s a test and another point of motivation for our team. We get to see what we’re made of, and I have no doubt that we’ll be okay...We’re used to getting through tough times and now we have improve the things that are under our control.
"Barça will not play differently without Leo. There were things he could take care of himself and now, simply, we have to strengthen our play as a group."
"We played a pretty complete game and had lots of chances to put it away. As has been happening recently, we haven’t been generating too many occasions and that’s a cause for a bit of dissatisfaction, even more so when the other team scores on a fluke play. That makes the game much tougher, especially the last five minutes."