After watching his team beat rivals Athletic Bilbao in a thrilling 2-0 win, coach Luis Enrique had nothing but praise for Lionel Messi. After teammate Neymar’s praise by stating that the Argentine would be the best defender if he ever played at the back, the coach likened Messi to Manga cartoon Captain Tsubasa or Flash Kicker as he is also known.
“Messi isn’t only the best for his goals but for his assists,” said the former Celta Vigo coach. “If he wanted to be the best defender around he would be.
“He does things that I’ve not seen Captain Tsubasa do or what can be done on a Playstation video game – they border on the unimaginable.
“We’re used to it now but it’s still a privilege to have the world’s best player in your team.”
Luis Enrique also had kind words for one of Barcelona’s backseat hero’s – Sergio Busquets.
“Sergio Busquets’ tactical intelligence, how he interprets the pressure,” he added. “He’s a key player for us and the best in the world in his position.
“To be a team that wins titles you must have a good attack and a defensive phase, to be a complete team. Sometimes you can play too long and others you can have possession. Getting the right balance isn’t always easy.
“A team is formed to unite different personalities and profiles of players. I’m happy with what I have. I won’t explain why whoever plays to the players and I won’t do it here. We always hope to have the best version of each player.
“Any individual thing is easy to achieve but overall, the coordination of everything, means many hours of training. We do what we can, with and without the ball.”
Teammate Brazilian star Neymar, who netted both the goals in the win, also joined their coach in hailing the little Argentine. “Messi is the best in the world. He is a star and I am improving with him,” said the Brazilian.
With three wins under their belt and Real Madrid’s slip up on Saturday against Atlético Madrid, Barcelona have got off to a great start this season with renewed vigor under new coach Luis Enrique.