Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:40:08 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Barca achievements deserve more credit : Luis Enrique

photo by Agency photo

Barcelona\'s Neymar (center) vies for the ball with Leverkusen\'s Jonathan Tah (right) during a Champions League Group E soccer match between Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain on Monday.

By AFP, Madrid
01st-Oct-2015       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique launched a staunch defence of his players after they came from behind without the injured Lionel Messi to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Tuesday.  Goals in the last 10 minutes from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez propelled the European champions to the top of Champions League Group F after Kyriakos Papadopoulos had headed the visitors into a deserved half-time lead.  "It was a difficult night. It was our second game without Leo Messi, the second game without our best player, an irreplaceable player, and it is the second game the team has won," said Enrique.
"I am very happy for what the players have achieved. They turned around a very difficult game. We can be more precise, but no one can say Barca relax and don't give everything."
Despite Messi's absence, the Camp Nou crowd were less than patient as boos rang out at the half-time whistle.
Enrique pleaded for more understanding from the club's supporters at a difficult time with a host of young players drafted in to cover a mounting injury crisis. "I think this team deserve more credit for what they have won recently and how they carry themselves.
"They try until the last minute and if then they deserve to be booed then fine, but we are much stronger in the delicate moments if they support us.  "At 2-1 we didn't need their support, we needed it a 0-1.  "I would like the few people that do boo not to do it because we hear them and we need the support of everyone." On top of Messi and Brazilian international Rafinha, Barca are set to be without Andres Iniesta for a month after he pulled up with a hamstring injury after an hour.
"It is very sad news for us because he is a fundamental player for us as everyone knows," added Enrique.
"These are hurdles in our way that we have to overcome and I have confidence in the players that will come in."
A hectic pre-season tour and three early season clashes with Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in the UEFA and Spanish Super Cup respectively have been blamed for Barca's raft of injuries. However, defender Javier Mascherano called on those like Roberto and Munir El Haddadi, who made a significant impact from the bench against Leverkusen, to take their chance in the first team.  "Obviously we are in a difficult situation with a number of important players that are injured.
"That is football and that is why we have a squad to keep going in these moments.
"It is not just 11 or 12 players that win competitions, there are reserves behind and now some of those that wouldn't have had so many minutes will get their chance.
"It is an unusual season. You always have these injuries throughout the season, but after the more serious injuries for Rafinha and Leo is it much more worrying that Andres is now injured too.
"Those of us that are fit need to keep going and know that whilst we win games there is less time left until those important players return."
 

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Govt's machinery is broken: HC's direction is welcome but will not work


Selling and storing of substandard and expired drugs in the pharmacies across the country have reached such a dangerous stage that it has now become extremely harmful for the public health requiring the High Court to interfere.  The government seems to have totally failed to ensure proper monitoring in this ...

Football »

France detain soccer great Platini in 2022 World Cup probe


AP, Paris :French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning.Platini's representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is "absolutely confident in ...

International »

Johnson looks to cement UK leadership lead after surviving TV debate


Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson will look to cement his stranglehold of the UK leadership race Wednesday after emerging unscathed from a TV debate against his four remaining rivals.The former foreign minister kept his cool and made no evident stumbles in a showdown that followed a second-round ballot in which he ...

Business & Economy »

MBL's award giving ceremony held


Economic Reporter :Mercantile Bank Ltd on Monday organised the 'Mercantile Bank Sommanona-2019' to award four eminent personalities and one institution for their outstanding contributions to the society. Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir handed over the gold medals, crests and cheques to all the awardees at a graceful ceremony at Hotel ...

Entertainment »

Maera Mishra is excited about her upcoming projects!


Maera Mishra is an Indian actor and model. She is as in the 11th season of MTV Splitsvilla. Ever since she featured in Splitsvilla Maera has not looked back. Maera is also a budding actor and she could be seen in love on the run on MTV, Savdhan India, Fear ...

Entertainment »

Soundarya Sharma yet again strikes a humanitarian chord


It was just recently when she instead of attending an event chose to help an injured cyclist. Now we just learned that Actor Soundarya Sharma is sponsoring health care for an elderly couple for a year, she came across an article about how elderly are lacking proper health care, as ...

International »

Trump heads back to base for 2020 campaign kickoff


President Donald Trump will get a big crowd of his most loyal supporters at Tuesday's official 2020 reelection campaign kickoff in Florida but dismal early poll numbers show the larger-than-life Republican businessman is vulnerable.Organizers claim the Orlando rally has sold out a 20,000-seat arena, with many more to gather outside, ...

International »

China warns US against opening ME 'Pandora's box'


AFP, Beijing :China on Tuesday warned against opening a "Pandora's box" in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran.Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement "so easily" after Iran ...

Cricket »

Shakib Al Hasan: A man born to create milestone


Talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan now won two matches for Bangladesh in this World Cup, all by alone. When most of his teammates looked inconsistent, he did it by his own almost, albeit with little support from two different men in two different games.In Bangladesh's 21-run victory over South Africa, ...

Editorial »

No development projects destroying the Sundarbans


TRANSPARENCY International Bangladesh has called upon the government to immediately suspend all controversial projects, including the Rampal Power Plant near the Sundarbans. TIB also expressed deep concern following the UNESCO's recent proposal to put the Sundarbans on the list of "World Heritage in Danger" in the proposed agenda for its ...

Cricket »

Jason Roy to miss Afghanistan, Sri Lanka games with hamstring tear


England opening batsman Jason Roy, who left the field during the team's eight-wicket win over West Indies, has been ruled out of their next two matches, against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, an England and Wales Cricket Board release announced on Monday, 17 June.Roy had left the field during the West ...

International »

"Khashoggi death painful, stop exploiting case": Saudi Crown Prince


 AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned against "exploiting" the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for political gains, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Turkey.Turkey's ties with Saudi Arabia have come under strain since the brutal murder last October of Khashoggi in the Saudi ...

Editorial »

No end to pain and miseries of slum dwellers


LOCAL Government Division Minister on Sunday informed the National Parliament that about 6.46 lakh people were living in 3,394 slums in the capital city Dhaka. Responding to a question from a lawmaker, he said there were 1,639 slums housing 4,99,011 people in the Dhaka North City Corporation area and 1,755 ...

Entertainment »

Taylor Swift releases new single You Need To Calm Down


Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift needs us to calm down but with the release of her latest single we just can’t! The 29-year-old singer dropped her new single titled You Need To Calm Down from her upcoming studio album Lover. The artist shared the lyrical video of the song on her official ...

Cricket »

No fracture found on Mushfiqur's forearm


Bangladesh heaved a huge sigh of relief after an X-ray report revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim had no fracture on his forearm.Mushfiqur, considered as the most dependable batsman of the country, got hit on his right forearm during a batting practice session while facing a bouncer from pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman.He ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news