Luis Enrique: It's impossible to relax in a Champions League semi-final

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The Barcelona manager insists his side are keen to secure another win against Bayern Munich, rather than just settle for the first-leg result.

Earlier in the day, ahead of the semi-final second-leg, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola eulogised Tuesday's rivals, claiming: "Barcelona are now the best counter-attacking team in the world. They're very good with the ball, because that's always been a part of their DNA, but they've also added an ability to counter-attack, from which they're very dangerous."

At his own preview press conference on Monday, after Barcelona arrived at the Allianz Arena, Luis Enrique began by responding to those comments, noting: "I think it's good to have such praise from a manager of his magnitude."

However, keen to ensure it's not an end to end game of manic attacking, Enrique added: "A crazy game is of little interest to us, and if it turns out that way, we have to calm things down."

The counter-attacking facet of Barcelona's game, is though, a facet Enrique hopes to see his team deploy well, pointing out: "There will be moments in which we'll need to find spaces, and make the most of them."

As for what approach he expects rival manager Guardiola to take, given the 3-0 first-leg advantage Barcelona have, Enrique suggested: "He'll go on the offensive, for sure, and with a different way of doing so, for sure. I'm expecting an very offensive Bayern."

Even with the strong lead, Enrique has taken the quarter-final comeback Bayern made against FC Porto, as something to be wary of, when the German side bounced back emphatically from a 3-1 away defeat in Portugal, to a punishing 6-1 victory in the return leg.

He observed and warned: "That could be a good lesson, looking at the previous round, when they made a comeback and with lots of goals. They've already done that, so for that reason, we know we'll have to suffer."

Insofar as the Barcelona game play, Enrique advised: "We'll be trying to play the way we did in the first-leg, in which we had more chances than they did. We're coming into this game with good form away from home, so we'll be hoping to keep that going."

Asked if Barcelona scoring another goal will guarantee their place in the final, Enrique joked: "It all depends on how many they score!"

One thing Enrique did guarantee, is that Barcelona won't simply settle for holding on to their first-leg advantage, underlining: "It's impossible to relax in a Champions League semi-final. Quite the opposite. Sometimes you have to calm down the players, analyse carefully how you harm your rivals and how to solve any problems."

Whilst there's plenty of speculation about rival manager, Pep Guardiola, and his future at Bayern Munich, as far as his own future at Barcelona is concerned, Enrique would only conclude: "Ahead of a Champions League final, I'm not interested in talking about what will happen to me."

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