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Luis Enrique says Barcelona "will not change approach" on Champions League second leg against Arsenal

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It might be common sense that Barcelona is very close to a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals, but the coach does not agree.

Luis Enrique spoke to the press on Tuesday afternoon after the final training session ahead of Barça's last sixteen second leg against Arsenal, and while the Blaugrana look all but guaranteed in the next knockout stage, Enrique is urging his men to maintain their focus and play their best football in order to avoid a shocking upset.

"[The 2-0 win in London] was a good result but it doesn't change our approach. It is still an open match, our opponents are dangerous and we need to play very well to go through to the next round. Sometimes the match looks perfect because of the result, but there is always room for improvement. That's why football is so complex – 11 players have to do the same things at the same time."

In terms of which of the opposing players he's most worried about, Lucho was quick to highlight a former Barça star and one of the best playmakers in England as the players with the best chances of leading Arsenal to a comeback.

"We have to try to handle quality players like Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez. We want to keep the ball as much as possible to avoid counterattacks – it will not be easy, but lately we have being doing that well. Alexis is a very important player for Arsenal and the national team. He is a quality player, fast and attacking and he has improved his way of playing since he came to Barcelona. We have to be careful with him."


The Blaugranes will host the Gunners on Wednesday night at Camp Nou looking to extend their Spanish record unbeaten streak to 38 matches. Barça will advance to the last eight with a win, a draw or even a one-goal loss.

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