Barcelona played out a 1-1 draw against a considerably weaker side in Real Sociedad a few days ago. At that point in time, gaffer Luis Enrique described the performance as the teams’ worst ever in his entire tenure of three years with the club. But come forth the El Clasico, wherein the two giants of Spanish football, Real Madrid and Barcelona will lock horns against each other at the El Clasico, the manager insists that his team is probably the best in the world despite their unconvincing displays this season.
Barcelona trail Zinedine Zidane’s 32-match unbeaten Real Madrid by 6 points in the league table as they go into the Saturday fixture on the hunt for a much needed win.
Their most resounding wins which stand a testament to the gaffers’ statement include the likes of Real Betis drubbing of 6-2 on the opening day, and then the subsequent hammering Celtic 7-0 and Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League.
“I feel optimistic when I see my team train and compete every day. There are many great teams around but no-one is better than us,” Luis Enrique was quoted as saying to a news conference.
Earlier on Barca’s Turkey international Arda Turan had said some similar words to the club website, “Barca are the best team around and when we play as we know how we are unstoppable.
Luis Enrique is expecting Zidane’s side to lead on with a defensive style of play at Camp Nou on Saturday.
“They’ll have no problem with giving the ball to us and that suits us as we need it. They’ll try and take advantage of set pieces, quick transitions and try to be effective in the final third. We want to have more control, create and take advantage of space and create chances,” the coach said.
Speaking about Andres Iniesta who returns to the playing fold after suffering a knee injury, the coach said, “Iniesta is our captain and the reference point for our style but I don’t think our style will change because of one player, although it’s great news to have our captain back.”