Luis Enrique has denied all knowledge of speculation linking Lionel Messi with Manchester City
Luis Enrique has denied any knowledge of speculation linking Lionel Messi with Manchester City. Messi is expected to return to the Barcelona team for the Champions League match against Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday, having missed the weekend draw against Mlaga through illness.
Reports have suggested City are ready to move for Messi. I dont know. I have no idea, the Barcelona manager said curtly. Lionel is always ready to play and Im sure he will be ready to face Celtic. He is 100% and eager to give the best version of himself.
Luis Enrique expects Gerard Piqu to recover from the foot problem which ruled him out of Mlagas visit to the Camp Nou. He also dismissed any notion his players could repeat Septembers victory, when Celtic were swatted aside 7-0.
Its going to be a different game, Luis Enrique said. What happened in September is not a reference to what will happen in Glasgow. Celtic have changed their style since then.
We have to be ready for everything from Celtic high pressure or low pressure. But its going to be a different story altogether from the last time.
Its always good to score early and Celtic need points, so they will come out, but I believe it wont be anything like the last time.
Celtics stadium is a great place. It is a stadium players want to play in. There is a great atmosphere, a great crowd, and I will tell my players to enjoy it and if they do then we will get to the next round.
On the wider issue of a relatively low key start to the season, Luis Enrique was similarly dismissive. We are 12 games in the league and five in Europe, he said. It is November. We are not yet at Christmas, so there is a long time to go.