Barca and PSG have already met twice in the M88 Champions League group stage this term, with the Ligue 1 side winning 3-2 in Paris and Barca’s 3-1 success at the Nou Camp helping them finish as pool winners.
“And the m88 players must understand that I am the coach and I have to make decisions. Beyond that you can speculate and draw the conclusions you want.”
Asked again about Neymar’s behaviour later in the m88 news conference, Luis Enrique drew laughter by taking the chance to wish his mother a happy birthday.
M88 PARIS Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has sought to play down Neymar’s petulant reaction when the Brazil forward was substituted in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at Sevilla.
Neymar, who scored a superb free kick to make it 2-0 to Barca after Lionel Messi’s opener, was clearly furious at being replaced by Xavi with around 20 minutes left and Spanish media speculated he might be dropped for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Paris St Germain.
Brazil centre back David Luiz has been sidelined with a hamstring problem, but has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s m88 match.
“They are important m88 players for them without doubt but they have a strong squad and for sure they will cause us problems.”
“As a coach I understand that all the players want to be on the pitch,” he added..
(Writing by m88 in Madrid, editing by facebook.com/m88.m88a)
Luis Enrique declined to reveal who would start the match at the Parc des Princes but did make it clear that he was the one in charge and urged all his players to respect that.
The return leg is in Barcelona on April 21.
“Obviously they have some m88 players missing, we cannot hide that, but if we remember the group game when Ibrahimovic wasnt playing they beat us,” Luis Enrique said.
“Then when Ibrahimovic was playing m88 in Barcelona we were able to beat them.
“I havent seen the footage,” Luis Enrique told reporters after he was asked about television images showing Neymar complaining to his m88 team mates on the bench.
Barca are in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition for a record eighth season in a row, while PSG are seeking a last-four place for the second time, having lost to AC Milan in 1994-95 after beating Barca in the quarter-finals.
M88 PSG’s hopes of making the semi-finals have been hit by suspensions and injury, with Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti banned and midfielder Thiago Motta out with a thigh injury
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