The Catalan side have won their last 11 games in all competitions since they were beaten at Real Sociedad in their first game after the Christmas break and are now just one point behind leaders Real Madrid. ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
There have been rumours of a bust-up in the dressing room following that game in San Sebastian but have reportedly since buried their differences.
The coach has maintained the same stance over the last six weeks, that Barca are a team in transition and have finally clicked into gear.
“I have no reason why I should change my opinion. It is due to a continual process over a season and nothing else,” Luis Enrique told a news conference on Friday.
He was visibly irritated over repeated questions about the comments from Messi ahead of Saturday’s La Liga game against Malaga.
He added: “I am not interested in creating problems and so I am not going to discuss it further. If he thinks that way then that is fantastic.
“I am only giving my opinion. What I am interested in now is preparing for the Malaga game, if you’re interested in something else then that’s up to you.”
After that, he refused to answer more questions on the subject.
Messi was speaking at a publicity event in Barcelona on Thursday, and told reporters that the Sociedad game was a turning point. ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
Messi said: “Since that game in Anoeta there has been a change in attitude, there is a different spirit now when we go out onto the pitch.”