Thursday 27 October 2016

Enrique: We all must defend

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique

Barcelona need to defend better as a group, manager Luis Enrique said yesterday after his team conceded four goals for the third time this season against Celta Vigo in midweek.

Last season's treble success was built on the twin pillars of a formidable attack and a solid rearguard, but in the new campaign they have struggled to maintain the same levels of concentration in defence.

They were porous at the back in their 5-4 European Super Cup win against Sevilla in August and were then on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, which they went on to lose 5-1 on aggregate.

Barca, who face Las Palmas today, had started La Liga well but in their capitulation against Celta, they were outplayed in a manner that has rarely been seen in recent years.

Luis Enrique was keen to stress that the blame for that defeat lay not only with his backline.

"We created 17 scoring chances but we were not secure at the back," Luis Enrique said.

"The defence isn't just the goalkeeper and the four behind but everyone. It serves to show us how difficult everything is."

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