Barcelona aren’t so good when not at 100 per cent – Luis Enrique


The Catalans boss admits there is plenty to work on before the start of the season and says he has “no news” on the future of Pedro

Barcelona are finding life difficult when they are not at 100 per cent, according to head coach Luis Enrique.

With Lionel Messi, Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Dani Alves and Claudio Bravo all rested, Barca suffered their third straight pre-season loss as they went down 2-1 to Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi on Sunday.

And their boss admits they have plenty to work on – in particular in defence – before the start of the 2015-16 season.

“I don’t worry about the result, but about other things. We should improve our effectiveness and work on our defensive aspect, as always,” he told reporters after the match.

“Our rivals cannot have that much space. We’re working on it, although we have to work harder.

“We’re very good if we’re at 100 per cent. If we’re not, we stop being so good.

“There are many aspects of the game that I liked. We created chances and we had good moments. But we have to correct things. These games help to stimulate that.”

Pedro played from the start against the Serie A side despite continued talk of a possible move to Manchester United this summer, but Luis Enrique offered no clue as to the Spain international’s future.

When asked about Pedro’s possible exit, he simply said: “I have no news.”

Barca will now prepare for a clash with Roma on Wednesday before the Uefa Super Cup against Europa League holders Sevilla on August 11.

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