Tuesday, February 21, 2017

La Liga: Coach Luis Enrique slams Barcelona booing despite win

Luis Enrique

Barcelona: Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has criticised fans jeering their own players during the team’s 2-1 wi over Leganes.

Barca needed a last-gasp penalty from Lionel Messi to seal victory against a team lying 17th in the table and battling against relegation. It was far from the emphatic response the Catalans had hoped for following Tuesday’s 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Paris St Germain in the Champions League as Leganes looked on course for an unlikely draw when Unai Lopez cancelled out Messi’s opener. The atmosphere at the Nou Camp was fractious, with some fans whistling both Enrique and midfielder Andre Gomes to express their dissatisfaction. A section of Barca supporters also sang Enrique’s name, which was then greeted with further disapproval.

“I accept that they whistle at me, that the fans are hurt because of Paris, but not that they whistle at the players,” Enrique told reporters.

“I do not understand. As a fan, whistling a player from your own team does not make sense. Anyone can show their disagreement however they want. But in the case of Andre it annoys me. I understand those who have jeered me. I am the coach and after a performance like the one in Paris I have to accept the criticisms,” Enrique added.

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