Sep 28, 2016

    Messi-less Barcelona 'have a lot of options', says coach


    BARCELONA will travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach for their Champions League match today without Lionel Messi but the Spaniards have enough options and firepower to plug the gap left by the Argentine, coach Luis Enrique said.

    Messi has been sidelined for three weeks with a groin injury but Barca were unaffected by their leader's absence on Saturday, firing five goals past Sporting Gijon in a show of force ahead of their second Group C match.

    Barcelona have scored 18 goals in four games since losing 2-1 at home to Alaves on Sept 10, with Neymar and Luis Suarez in fine form.

    "I have different kinds of players and that gives me a lot of options," Luis Enrique said.

    "Depending on who we are playing and the players I have available, I will pick the ones that I think are right for the situation.

    Barcelona will need to focus if they are to get maximum points in Germany and snap Gladbach's 11-match winning streak at home in all competitions following their 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt on Saturday.

    "We are happy to be playing against one of the world's best teams," said Gladbach defender Oscar Wendt.

    "But we are no fans of Barcelona and do not want to play a supporting role on the night. We want to give it all we have and make something special out of it."