Luis Enrique aims to forget Sociedad woe
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insisted the Catalan giants struggles away at Real Sociedad will have no impact on his side’s preparation when they travel to San Sebastian today. The Spanish champions have a terrible recent record at Anoeta, failing to win on any of their last six league visits including five defeats. Enrique’s toughest moment as Barca boss also came after a 1-0 defeat to then David Moyes’s Sociedad in January 2015 after which sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was sacked and Enrique also nearly lost his job. “I am not interested in what happened in the past because it doesn’t affect what will happen tomorrow,” Enrique said yesterday. “We are aware of the difficulty of the game but what happened in the past has no influence.” Barca need to avoid another slip up to avoid losing more ground on La Liga leaders Real Madrid ahead of their clash in El Clasico next weekend. Real can extend their lead over Barca to seven points on Saturday with victory at home to Sporting Gijon. Enrique is confident Gerard Pique will be fit to start against Sociedad despite missing training on Friday due to a knock. —AFP
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