Luis Enrique: Treble? Clásico? All that exists is Manchester City

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique only has his sights set on beating Manchester City in the Champions League. The Clásico can wait.

In the space of just five days, Barcelona face two pivotal games in their quest for silverware in two of the three competitions they are ranked among the favourites to win. Safely navigating the Champions League second-leg encounter with Manchester City would put them into the quarter-finals of the competition. Beyond that, on Sunday, there's an eagerly-anticipated Clásico against Real Madrid, as the two sides battle to top La Liga, with just a point between them at present.

At his Champions League preview press conference on Tuesday, however, there's one thing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique wanted to make clear from the very outset: "There's only one game on my mind right now, which is the one we're playing on Wednesday. Nothing else interests me."

The club’s official website are among those to carry the quotes from Enrique, who has also taken the opportunity to discuss the form and fitness of key men such as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Sergio Busquets – with the latter set to sit out the crunch midweek clash with City at the Camp Nou.

Real Madrid nearly coming unstuck against Schalke as a reference.

"We're not looking at other rival teams with thoughts that it could be a warning. Just because we've had a good result in the first-leg doesn't mean we'll go through. You don't get through a tie with just one good game. We need a very good second game."

Having to play a midweek game before the Clásico.

"If we have to play tomorrow and then Sunday, fantastic. It's our menu for the week, so we can't change that."

Barcelona on for the treble.

"The treble? As far as I'm concerned, all that exists is the game tomorrow. Anything else I'll leave to one side. All we can try to control is what happens tomorrow. Of the rest, I don't know what might happen."

First-leg win at Manchester City, no room for complacency.

"We'll set ourselves out like we did in the first-leg, to win, and to do things better than our opponent. Speculating and thinking we're already in the quarter-finals is dangerous. Whenever a team thinks like that, it can be dangerous, so we won't trust in that. We're facing one of the favourites in the Champions League.

"We're in the middle of the tie and looking at the potential of Manchester City, we know they can hurt us. We want the same work and performance as the first-leg. We had more chances on goal than they did. Now we're playing at our stadium, with our fans and hopefully we'll be just as effective."

Manchester City defeat against Burnley, dip in form.

"I don't see City as being a side looking tired. To me they look a side who still have options of getting through to the quarter-finals and I'm certain they'll be holding on to that possibility."

Enrique predicts Manchester City will battle.

"I'm expecting a game a lot like the first-leg, maybe like the game last year, when they came here with an adverse result. They have Clichy out, but have the return of Toure. We'll have to see how they set out their three forwards."

Sergio Busquets still injured, ready for the Clásico?

"Tomorrow he certainly won't be ready and I'm only interested in this game."

Reports of Messi suffering a minor injury.

"He's trained perfectly well, although surrounding our club there's always reports exaggerating every slightest detail. He's trained normally, as always."

Form of Neymar.

"It's impossible for a player to be at 100% all season. There are better and worse moments, but I'm happy with his overall performance this season."

Importance of the Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou.

"I feel that tomorrow we're playing for our place in the quarter-finals and that keeps us on track in all competitions. Games like these are the most exciting. We can earn our passage at home, with our fans behind us. We need them backing us, to strengthen everything we've been doing throughout the season."

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