Barcelona‘s coach Luis Enrique believes the Clasico against Real Madrid is coming at the perfect time for his team, and laughed off suggestions his players would be fatigued.
Following the international break, the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi had long flights before they returned to training with the Catalan club.
“This kind of game generates so much energy that I am not worried about tired players,” Enrique told the press ahead of Saturday’s match.
“I have noticed from the conversations the players are having that they are dying to win tomorrow.”
“We will not change our way of playing. We must keep the ball for as long as possible so Madrid cannot show their quality’.
Given the recent passing of Barcelona legendd Johan Cruyff, there will be a tribute to the much loved player before the game, further adding to the pressure placed on the Blaugrana to win for the Dutchman.
“We have an unbreakable will to win but too much motivation is a mistake,” Enrique went on.
“It is something that should be controlled. Cruyff would want us to win by putting on a good show.
“We are playing like league leaders and want to take a giant step in the race to the title.
“Goal difference doesn’t matter, the league marks the story of the season and we are the first.
“I want the Camp Nou to go crazy. Nothing excites the fans more than beating a great rival like Madrid. The opposite is true as well, of course.”
Star forward Lionel Messi is one goal away from 500 in professional football, a feat that adds to the many records he holds at Barcelona.
“This player [Messi] is from another galaxy,” his coach exclaimed. “I have seen the face of Leo and the others and they are crazy for victory.
“Our form doesn’t tell you anything about how the game will begin. We hope, through having the ball, we will have the best of the game, and then will know how difficult it will be.
“If we win it would be a final blow to Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid would become our only rival for the league, so we must win.”