Luis Enrique warns Barcelona against flattery

Barcelona: Far from riding on the euphoria of his team’s 4-0 thrashing of Real Madrid, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique warned yesterday that “flattery weakens” and said the club still had not won anything.

Luis Enrique 

“Flattery weakens. We are in a phase of flattery but the team is intelligent enough and the players know that playing football and achieving objectives is difficult,” he told reporters. The reigning European champions are aiming to seal their place in the Last 16 of the Champions League when Roma visit the Camp Nou today. And they are in a good place — not only did they humiliate rivals Madrid in their own stadium in Saturday’s Clasico, they are also leading the Spanish league and have Lionel Messi available again after a two month spell on the sidelines.

Luis Enrique confirmed that the Argentine would play against Roma but compatriot Javier Mascherano, on the other hand, would not after coming off injured on Saturday. “Messi has recovered, his injury is but a distant memory. He needs to recover physically and that only happens when you play,” Enrique said. Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, meanwhile, said: “It’s great to have won, to have won three points but the objective is further ahead,” he said.

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