FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was over the moon after his side secured an unconvincing 2-0 win over bottom club Levante at the Estadi Ciutat de València in the early kick off on Sunday.
FC Barcelona took the lead in the 21st minute after Jordi Alba’s cross from the left flank was bundled into the goal by Levante defender David Navarro. Levante came close to equalizing several times in the first half but a lack of composure in the final third saw them head into the half time break a goal down. Eventually, Barcelona’s in form striker Luis Suarez struck in the injury time of the 2nd half to seal a memorable win for manager Luis Enrique.
Luis Enrique ‘feeling marvellous’ after tough win
Speaking to the media after his side’s narrow 2-0 win over Levante, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique hailed his side’s ability to come away with all 3 points despite not being at their best on the day.
“I have a marvelous feeling,” said Enrique (as reported by FC Barcelona’s official website). “The difficulties we knew them beforehand, the wind clearly affected both teams but I am satisfied with the attitude of the team and the importance of these points.
“We started the game as we had hoped, without making it easy for them. We scored early on and we kept creating chances.
“These are games that bring problems. It had nothing to do with the 1-0 win at Málaga. Today we created chances, they did too in the first half. The second was more placid.”
Asked about his record equalling 28 game unbeaten run at the club, Enrique said, “I am interested in collective objectives, it’s nice to reach 100 games but there is still a long way to go. We are well placed in all competitions.
“These kinds of statistics are fine and if they help to win trophies then perfect.”
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Luis Enrique has firmly secured his place in the Pantheon of Barcelona greats
Sunday’s 2-0 win over Levante saw Luis Enrique equal Pep Guardiola’s record of guiding Barcelona to 28 matches without losing in all competitions. That victory also marked Luis Enrique’s 100th match in charge of FC Barcelona. His record so far as the manager of the football club is an impressive one – 80 wins, 11 draws and just 9 defeats.
Luis Enrique took over from Tata Martino at the end of the 2013-14 La Liga campaign after the club failed to win a single trophy. A former player himself, Enrique not only stabilized Barcelona’s fortunes, but also led them to a historic treble at the end of the season. He went on to add the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to his collection this season, securing his place in the pantheon of Barcelona’s greatest managers.