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"Neymar and Messi need to be 99% fit to play"

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 19/12/2015 sportyou
'Neymar y Messi tienen que estar al 99% para poder jugar' © Getty Images 'Neymar y Messi tienen que estar al 99% para poder jugar'

The Neymar-Messi duo will only play if they are completely recuperated. That was the line Luis Enrique took in the press conference ahead of the match against River Plate, in which he said that both Neymar and Messi are training well but that they remain doubtful for the Club World final on Sunday. "They are okay, getting better. Neymar and Messi need to be 99% fit in order to play" he told the journalists. Asked about his team's good form, the Blaugrana manager said he was not surprised: "The team were in good shape in Barcelona, they were in good shape on Thursday and they will be in good shape tomorrow. We're going to play as we know how to play, which is what we do best. Our opponents will try to stop us physically and tactically."

Asked about being put in the role of favourites, Luis Enrique replied that they are considered favourites "for 99% of all games" but he does not have the feeling that they have much to lose. "It is a game to enjoy and one to give the importance it deserves. We are going into it like we always do, aiming to be strong, to be better and to overcome our opponents" he stated.

There was also an amusing incident in the press conference. The interpreter made a mistake when she said that Barcelona had won the Clásico against Real Madrid by a 3-1 scoreline, and Luis Enrique did not hesitate to correct her several times. The Barça coach, with his habitual sharp sense of humour, said several times that in his headphones they were giving the wrong score. The reason was that the question had been asked in Chinese, the interpreter was Japanese and when she translated it into Spanish, she made a mistake with the score of the last game between the two arch-enemies.

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