La Liga 2016-17: Luis Enrique happy with team despite dropping points against Malaga
Barcelona Manager Luis Enrique remained rather upbeat despite his players dropping two points against Malaga in a lacklustre draw. In a game where the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both missed out, Luis Enrique’s side had their work cut out for them. Despite dominating possession against a team reduced to 9 men, the Blaugrana failed to create any good scoring opportunities, which resulted in the draw.
When asked about the match, the Barcelona manager played it very carefully. “In terms of chances and the way we played, we were superior to the rival,” he said. “But if you don’t score, you don’t deserve to win the game. If you generate 28 chances and don’t score, you will have to generate 38.”
His praise on a draw comes a little over 2 months after he blamed himself for a shocking loss against Alaves, and Enrique was quick to ensure that everyone understood clearly that the draw had ‘nothing’ to do with the loss.
“If I was critical then, now, no, because we had chances and tried until the end against a really deep rival. We didn’t get the prize that we deserved. There was only one team on the pitch and I can only congratulate my players. Now to pick ourselves up and improve. There’s no other way. “
He was also questioned over the dismal form of Paco Alacer, and the manager quickly jumped in to protect the 23-year old striker. “Paco was as good as the rest of my players, there’s no Coca-Cola formula here, for a player to score goals he needs minutes.
Barcelona’s draw is Real Madrid’s gain
Barcelona’s game against Malaga was seen as a very important match where 3 points were there for the taking as on paper, it should have been an easy one. They went into the game knowing that the Madrid derby that took place later would drastically affect the table.
What followed was bitter disappointment for Barcelona, as a Cristiano Ronaldo show propelled Real Madrid to a three nil win over their domestic rivals Atletico. With the Los Blancos gaining an important 4 point lead over Luis Enrique’s side, and the El Clasico coming up on the 3rd of December, there is a lot more work to be done for the three biggest clubs in Spain.