Madrid - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was pleased they got
straight back into their stride with Tuesday's 2-1 friendly win over the Los
Angeles Galaxy but saw plenty of room for improvement before the season begins
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and Spanish midfielder Sergi
Roberto struck either side of halftime at a packed Rose Bowl Stadium in
Pasadena in the Spanish and European champions' opening match of their
"Considering it was the first pre-season game, after
seven days of training with some double sessions, I have good feelings,"
Luis Enrique told a news conference after the International Champions Cup
"I liked the team a lot because we played with
intensity and we did not make any serious errors but we can still improve in
everything," added the former Barca and Spain midfielder.
"Without doubt, we are going to be the team to beat and
we have to keep improving every aspect of our play. We did things well today
but we have to do it again and better. And we are working on that."
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Luis Enrique and his LA Galaxy counterpart Bruce Arena made
a host of changes at halftime to give some of their younger players a chance to
impress, with Tommy Meyer scoring late on for the Galaxy.
The Barca coach admitted his knowledge of the MLS was patchy
but said it was clear the quality of soccer in the United States was improving.
"A lot of European players are coming with the idea of
contributing and I liked what I saw here," he said.
"Teams that play us usually sit back and defend and the
Galaxy I think did some great defensive work which stopped us from creating
Barca's next Champions Cup game is against Manchester United
in Santa Clara on Saturday and they play Chelsea in Landover on July 28 before
returning to Europe to take on Serie A club Fiorentina in Florence on Aug. 2.
Their first official match of the 2015-16 season is the
European Super Cup against Europa League winners and La Liga rivals Sevilla on
They then play Athletic Bilbao over two legs for the Spanish
Super Cup before starting their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years
against the Basque club on the Aug. 22-23 weekend.
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