Luis Enrique has explained his reasons for making a total of six changes to his Barca team that ran out 3-0 winners in the match against Athletic Bilbao, saying that it is necessary for his whole squad to contribute if Barcelona are going to be successful this season.
Speaking after the game, Enrique explained: “Rotations? To win the league championship and fight for other trophies, you need the whole squad.
“The players who have featured less and came in today were top class and we have been able to rest some players for the upcoming fixtures. The three points are also marvelous.”
Enrique then admitted it had been far from easy despite the flattering scoreline: “There’s never an easy game against Athletic, regardless of the result. Whether it’s at San Mamés or Camp Nou, when they have the ball they make us run, they are a tough team.
“We created enough chances to win the game, even though the scoreline is perhaps a little excessive given how much trouble they gave us. But we showed a great attitude and personality even though the pressure they put us under was oppressive.”
The Barça boss was also delighted Paco Alcácer managed to bag his first goal in the league for the club. “I am delighted for Alcácer; he is always looking to get better. He took his goal well, it was a great finish and it will be great for him and the team.”
On the subject of injuries during the game, Enrique hopes Gerard Pique and Rafinha won’t have to miss any upcoming matches:
“In theory, Piqué has a slight strain but we did not want to risk him and Rafinha has a nasty cut. I hope the two won’t be out but we will see how they get in the coming training sessions.”