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Luis Enrique says El Clásico loss "will be motivation" for Barcelona against Atlético Madrid

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Barcelona lost El Clásico, but that will not be a problem in the upcoming big European game.

Coach Luis Enrique spoke to the press before the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Atlético Madrid and looked positive despite a painful loss to Real Madrid last weekend. According to the Asturian manager, the Blaugrana have learned their lessons from the defeat, but will not let last Saturday's disappointment carry over to the huge encounter with Diego Simeone's side.

Instead, the result will serve as a motivation to play the best football possible on Tuesday night. Here is a look at Lucho's quotes:

"We have played Atlético a few times in the last couple of years but we need to analyse them and be open-minded because they may play differently this time. They are a top team with a clear philosophy; they are dangerous on the counter and pressure you up high.

"The game against Real Madrid was good for 65 minutes. Of course we made mistakes, but that is normal when your opponents are a quality team. We are not machines and I'm satisfied with what I saw. We had almost forgotten how it felt to lose, but I hope it will be motivation for us to get back on a winning streak again.

"[Atlético] have amazing individual quality with [Antoine] Griezmann and [Fernando] Torres. They have many ways of causing us trouble and can hurt us on set pieces and transitions."


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