Barca treble depends on ‘pressing game’

Barca treble depends on ‘pressing game’

Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain in the quarterfinals



By (Reuters)

Published: Fri 24 Apr 2015, 1:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:03 PM

Barcelona — Barcelona’s ability to continue dictating play by pushing high up the pitch will determine if they can win a treble, coach Luis Enrique said after they reached the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday.

Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain in the quarterfinals they are on course to repeat the treble success of 2009 achieved in Pep Guardiola’s first year at the helm.

In the first half against the French side, who they beat 2-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate, Barcelona matched some of the best football of Guardiola’s era when they won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies.

“Everything depends on us being able to defend and pressure in the opposition half and for that you need the players to deliver and they are not machines,” Luis Enrique told a news conference. “This is crucial to our style of play. You can see it each week where the team not only has a great attacking threat but you can also have confidence in them in all areas of the pitch. In order to be where we want to be then you need everyone to deliver.”

Luis Enrique’s style of play is more direct than Guardiola’s approach based on possession football, but it works well using the forwards they have at the club with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all looking to run on to balls and create openings.

A majestic run by Andres Iniesta from his own half saw him set up Neymar for the opener against PSG before the Brazilian headed in Dani Alves’ cross with just over half an hour played. “Hopefully the best is still to come for this team. The players have been working since the pre-season to win trophies,” said Luis Enrique.


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