Enrique hails brilliant Barcelona

Luis Enrique has praised his Barcelona side after they beat Deportivo La Coruna 8-0, but insisted his previously faltering troops had changed nothing in their performance.

The result was Barca’s first win in five La Liga matches, with their late-season stumble seeing Atletico Madrid draw level on points at the top of the standings and Real Madrid close to within a single point.

However, after watching Luis Suarez’s four goals supplemented by strikes from Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar, Enrique is adamant nothing in the performance had changed other than them adding a little ruthlessness.

“The game was very similar to Valencia (a 2-1 home defeat),” he told a reporters.

“We did a great job today and I don’t know if we had more or less chances, but of course we were incredibly effective, that was the fundamental difference.

“This time we had infinite solutions and we moved the ball around midfield really well, but I insist that we did the same against Valencia and look at the result.

“It was what we wanted, to not concede any goals and win convincingly. The challenge now is to stay up there. This victory was key but we need to be top after 38 games and not 34. It will be difficult.”