Enrique looks to the positives

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique insists it would be unreasonable to expect his side to win every game by a large margin, following Saturday's 1-0 victory over Granada.

Enrique's men toiled to a narrow win at the Nou Camp on Saturday evening, with Rafinha's 48th-minute goal proving enough to see off the challenge of the bottom-of-the-table Andalusian outfit.

While it was by no means a vintage Barca performance, Enrique was happy to see his side claim all three points to remain within touching distance of table-topping Real Madrid.

"We lacked freshness but it is always difficult to beat a team with 10 players behind the ball," Luis Enrique told reporters.

"[Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen has not participated in the game but at 1-0 the match is open.

"I am happy with the three points. We are going in the right direction in La Liga and in the Champions League but with the idea of improving.

"I will stick with the point, even though it was not our best day. I have seen a team with enough attitude to quickly retrieve the ball and one mature enough to close the match defensively.

"I would have liked to win by a landslide but you cannot make that happen in all games."

The Barca boss also had words of praise for goalscorer Rafinha, who has contributed an impressive tally of five goals in six La Liga appearances.

He added: "I'm not surprised by his performance. He's having more success coming into the area from the second line, which is what we ask of the midfielders.

"You have three players up front who are unusual, but we ask this of the second line. They must keep coming."

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