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Published: 14:11 | 15/3/16

Enrique wary of Arsenal


Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has warned his players they must not take anything for granted as they prepare for their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Arsenal.

The Champions League holders hold a 2-0 advantage heading into Wednesday's second leg at the Nou Camp and history is firmly on their side as no team has managed to overcome a two-goal deficit from the home leg since 1969.

Arsenal, however, have scored every time they have played at the Nou Camp and Enrique admits his team must not concede an early goal.

"They are a very potent opponent, individually and as a team. No doubt about that. So this is not a match for you to get relaxed or to think that’s it. The result is very good for us. If we were in their position we would be in a fight," he told his pre-match press conference.

"At the end of the day there’s just one ball and we want to keep it as much as possible to ensure they can’t counterattack. That’s what we usually do and lately we’ve been doing it better than our opponent."

While he is worried about giving away an early goal, Enrique was happy with how his team answered everything that was thrown at them at the Emirates and has vowed not to change anything ahead of the second leg.

"We are not going to change. The objective is the same. We just want to be better than Arsenal tomorrow. If we can be that’s perfect and we’ll continue in the competition," Enrique added.

"So no change from us, maybe that’s a question for Mr Wenger, to see if he changes tomorrow?

"Any of the things that we saw in the first leg we knew how to solve. We were pressed high, I’m sure they will do that again. We were able to solve that. They’re very direct [in their counter-attacking], they don’t need to elaborate much [in possession], we saw that."


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