‘No hay mal que por bien no venga’ is Spanish for ‘every cloud has a silver lining‘, and this could be the title of what Barcelona coach Luis Enrique told reporters about Lionel Messi’s absence last weekend due to cards.
The captain of the Blaugrana had picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the game against Valencia, so he was unavailable versus Granada.
We are always keeping an eye on how much everyone plays. In Messi’s case, he missed a game due to suspension. But with the busy schedule in mind, I would say this mini-break was a positive thing
Enrique said ahead of his team’s clash with Sevilla, where obviously Messi will be returning to the starting lineup.
Enrique was full of praise for Luis Suarez, as well as the rest of his strikers who filled the void left by Messi’s absence at Granada.
There is so much more to Suarez than just his goals. The greatness of our attackers is that they adapt their qualities to what the team needs. Luis in particular contributes so much with his character, desire and competitiveness. It is not just what he does, but also the way he does it
the Barcelona coach said. As for Andres Iniesta and the role that he can and is expected to play in the remainder of the season, Enrique looked cautious, knowing that Iniesta is not just ‘any’ player at Barcelona.
Andres needs some time to get back to his best after his injury problems. He is now approaching his best level again and showing his class on the training pitch. We are counting on him in the decisive stages of the season