Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has his team in good form ahead of the business end of the season, and liked what he saw in their 5-1 win over Rayo Vallecano on Thursday.
Another hat trick from Lionel Messi was sandwiched by goals from Ivan Rakitic and Arda Turan as Barca went eight points clear at the top of La Liga and are have now gone 35 games unbeaten in all competitions.
“We went into the game in the best possible way, with the right attitude,” Enrique said after the win. “We created occasions and I never felt that the game was in danger.
“When this team plays that well and that intensely, then we’re very difficult to stop. We have to wait and see what we can achieve and how much we deserve it. The best has yet to come, the nicest part.”
The match also saw Luis Suarez miss a penalty, continuing a weird trend of failure from the penalty spot amongst Barca’s usually-clinical front three, who have failed to convert seven of 13 penalties this season.
“It’s evidently an area where we need to improve, but it doesn’t concern me too much if it happens when the game is already won,” Enrique added of the Uruguayan striker’s miss.
Midfielder Andres iniesta echoed his manager’s thoughts, saying that “the penalty thing is a bit weird, but it’s not something that we’re worried about,” while stressing the team’s confidence for the rest of the campaign.
“The team is in fine spirit,” the Spanish international midfielder added. “We taking things step by step, but they’re solid steps.”