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Rakitić injury blemishes Barcelona victory for Enrique

The gloss was taken off Barcelona's victory for Luis Enrique by an injury to Ivan Rakitić but the Blaugrana are still competition favourites according to BATE's Aleksandr Yermakovich.

Highlights: Barcelona 3-0 BATE
  • Ivan Rakitić injury takes gloss off win for Barcelona's Luis Enrique
  • Coach praises Sergio Busquets's "perfect game"
  • Aleksandr Yermakovich pleased with BATE display despite defeat
  • "It is obvious" Barcelona are favourites according to Belarusian coach

Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
It is never easy to win a match in the Champions League. There are a lot of positives to take from this game and the only negative was the injury to Ivan Rakitić. Whether he will be ready for the Real Madrid match [on 21 November] depends on the doctors, but for now he is out of the next game. The most important thing is that he fully recovers. We are not lucky at the moment [with injuries] and it prevents us from resting players.

I am pleased because we played well, didn't concede a goal and got the three points. Sergio Busquets played a perfect game. You cannot be better placed on the pitch and make better choices than he did today. It is obvious that we miss Lionel Messi, but like I have always said, we have a lot of quality within the squad. We don't need to talk about Messi because we are playing well and winning.

Neymar after sealing a 3-0 win
Neymar after sealing a 3-0 win©Getty Images

Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach
We played a really good match and can be happy with our performance. Neymar is a great player with great quality. It is a delight to watch him play. He showed his potential tonight and I enjoyed watching him play. My players did well and played to their maximum level. It is very difficult to play against a team like Barcelona.

I am more pleased with our display here than the last time we played Barcelona. The next match against Bayer Leverkusen is important for us and we will do everything to win it. Of course, I believe that Barcelona are favourites to win the UEFA Champions League – it is obvious.

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