Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has criticised his team’s pre-season schedule, saying: ‘Football is a wonderful sport and it cannot be stuck in the past.’
The Catalan giants have warmed up for the new La Liga season with games in England and Ireland and won the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Sevilla on Wednesday night.
But with their La Liga opener with Real Betis now ahead on Saturday, Enrique has questioned the validity of playing the Super Cup second leg just days before the domestic campaign begins.
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Enrique, whose team hope to defend their La Liga crown in the season ahead, said ‘winning a title is very important’ but added: ‘When there is a winner of the league and cup, I do not understand why it is played.
‘For me it makes no sense, and now I have to say we won.
‘We have had very few days to prepare for the match, but last year was worse, with the UEFA Super Cup two days before having to go to San Mames.’
A brace from Ardur Turan and a Lionel Messi strike saw Barcelona emerge 3-0 winners in the second leg against Sevilla, not that Enrique was too happy.
‘Football is a wonderful sport and it cannot be stuck in the past,’ he said. ‘If the authorities are not willing to evolve, it is one giant s***.’
An unhappy Enrique said: ‘Football is a wonderful sport and it cannot be stuck in the past’
Barcelona had already faced Celtic in Dublin, Leicester City in Stockholm and Liverpool at Wembley prior to their Super Cup fixtures.
It means it’s already been a busy pre-season for Enrique’s men with the competitive action now set to get underway.
Despite their coach’s complaints, Barcelona are odds on to retain the La Liga title with their bitter rivals Real Madrid and their city companions Atletico the main opposition.