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Enrique: Fighting spirit won it for Barcelona

Luis Enrique praised Barcelona's fighting spirit after a late comeback gave them victory against Bayer Leverkusen, Roger Schmidt still happy with the visitors' performance.

Luis Suárez celebrates against Leverkusen
Luis Suárez celebrates against Leverkusen ©AFP/Getty Images
  • "Fighting until the end" crucial as Barcelona come from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen
  • Luis Enrique believes "faith and confidence" turned the tide
  • Enrique is concerned as Andrés Iniesta went off injured
  • Roger Schmidt says visitors were undone when Barça increased the pressure

Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
It has been a difficult evening. It was our second match without [Lionel] Messi and we won. Bayer played at a good level, we had some problems but improved during the second half and I'm happy about what we got.

This team deserves more credit. I understand the whispers but I think they are undeserved. We didn't need the support of the fans when we were winning 2-1, we needed their support when we were losing 1-0 and we need the support of everybody. I would like the atmosphere to be a bit different.

Iniesta's injury is a very bad news for us. We turned this game around thanks to faith and confidence rather than football arguments. Bayer defended and put us under pressure in a good way.

Sergi Roberto equalises
Sergi Roberto equalises©AFP/Getty Images

It's going to be a difficult group, we will try to get first place but we have to improve some things. All the players showed a fighting attitude until the end.

Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach
Obviously we are sad, I think we played an excellent match. We were brave, we defended compactly, we had the chance to score the second goal but then Barcelona upped the pressure, they scored the equaliser and quickly Luis Suárez scored a brilliant goal. I congratulate my team.

We deserved a point against the best team in the world in their stadium. We defended with passion. Barcelona also deserved the win as they scored two goals but I am very proud of the match my players played.

Even without Messi, Barcelona are a super team. Suárez scored a world-class goal. We were a bit exhausted at the end, maybe because we have played four matches in ten days.

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