Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Former midfielder Cesc Fabregas enjoyed a night at Barcelona Casino before taking off to Manchester. The vice champions of La Liga will play the first leg round of 16 match against the champions of England. However, they preferred to take fresh air before visiting Manchester.Club manager has been forced to withstand a barrage of criticism over his methods at the Camp Nou this campaign, with reports in the Spanish media suggesting the 44 year — old’s relationship with Messi has become strained.
Luis Enrique reacted with exasperation when he was asked by an English journalist. He said “This guy must work for one of the Spanish channels. What did the players [Pique and Messi] say?”
The manager was looking not interested in this matter. He told to reporters “It is my private life, we just had a nice time there. I concentrate on football, not stuff outside it. I am not interested.”
When asked whether there was truth in claims that he had not spoken to his players after the 1–0 defeat at the hands of Malaga, which ended Barcelona’s eleven game winning run, Enrique was non committal. “The is a very nice, friendly question, I always talk about and analyse everything I need to in football.”
“I don’t like to have any bad intentions and do my job in the best spirit I can. My relationship with the players is the same as it has always been. Look, I would take losing one game and winning the next twelve. The morale is fine.”
“No one is too down. After a defeat, you want the chance to compete once again in a place like this in a fantastic stadium against an opponent that is one of the farourites to win the trophy. That is all the motivation you need.”
The French midfielder Sami Nasri also spoke about this giant clash. Nasri told “I think we respected them too much. But we weren’t experienced enough to compete with a club like this. They know how to win a Champions League. I think it was too much of a big game. We were not ready. This year is totally different. We know what we are capable of.”
This is the third time in a year Barca are going to face Manchester City in UEFA Champions League. Home side will be definitely looking to take revenge of their last defeat as they were eliminated in same round by the Catalans.