Brilliant Barcelona can still get better, insists Luis Enrique

Barcelona may have blown their Clasico rivals Real Madrid away 4-0 at the weekend, but Luis Enrique insists there is still plenty of room for improvement at the Nou Camp.


Barcelona may have blown their Clasico rivals Real Madrid away 4-0 at the weekend, but Luis Enrique insists there is still plenty of room for improvement at the Nou Camp.

The Barca boss pits his Primera Division leaders against his former employers Roma on Tuesday night as the Catalans bid to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a win.

Saturday's dismantling of Madrid at the Bernabeu was a fourth straight victory in all competitions for in-form Barcelona, who have scored 12 goals without conceding during that run.

Ever the perfectionist, Luis Enrique feels there is much more to come from his players.

"On Saturday we played at a very high level, but we can still improve on that," he said at a pre-match press conference.

"We can improve when it comes to the counter-attack, applying pressure, and when we're taking corners.

"There are plenty of things we need to improve on and the players know that... they're no fools.

"That win has certainly helped us focus on what we need to do in that regard."
Brilliant Barcelona can still get better, insists Luis Enrique
Barca were held to a cagey 1-1 draw by Roma in September's reverse fixture and Luis Enrique is expecting a concerted challenge from the team he coached in the 2011-12 season.

With two games remaining the Giallorossi are only in the top half of Group E by a single point from Bayer Leverkusen, with BATE Borisov - Roma's day-six opponents - another point back.

Luis Enrique said: "It will be a very different game now we're back on home turf. It will be a very demanding encounter and an open match.

"Roma have to come here and win because they will not want to have to rely on getting another result.

"Over there we saw how defensive they can be... it will be an interesting game because both teams play very good football."

Barca's all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi could make his first start in two months after returning from a knee injury as a second-half substitute in the thrashing of Madrid.

Rafinha and Javier Mascherano miss out for the hosts while the attack-minded trio of Gervinho, Mohamed Salah and Francesco Totti are sidelined for Roma.

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