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Luis Enrique defends Neymar

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Luis Enrique defends Neymar

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has defended star player Neymar, who was criticised for his provocative behaviour during the Copa del Rey win over Atletico Madrid.

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Barcelona captain Xavi has insisted there was never any crisis at the club as they prepare to go in search of an eighth straight win in their match against Villarreal at the Nou Camp on Sunday night.

Only a few weeks ago Barca's defeat to Real Sociedad was followed by the departure of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, fevered speculation over the future of Lionel Messi and claims of discord amongst the players and coaching staff.

But seven wins have followed and all of that seems long forgotten...

Barcelona have moved past Messi-Enrique row, Xavi Hernandez says

Barcelona forward Neymar believes his close relationship with Lionel Messi is helping the pair to thrive on the pitch this season.

Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez says the widely reported row between team superstar Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique in early January has "zero importance" except to show how much everyone at the club cares about winning.

The bust-up during a training game came just after the return from La Liga's winter break, and quickly blew up into a media storm that Messi himself helped fuel by suggesting he did not know where he would be playing next season.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu initially denied...

Barcelona's Neymar urges 'respect' after Atletico Madrid criticism

The ESPN FC crew react to Barcelona's impressive 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Barcelona star Neymar has called for "respect" after he was criticised by Atletico Madrid's players and local media for "provocative" behaviour during Wednesday night's Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Neymar was the focus of much of the attention during the game, scoring twice as his team won 3-2 to progress 4-2 on aggregate to the semifinals, while also being involved in a half-time scuffle with a number of opponents including the Fernando Torres.

Afterwards,...

Luis Enrique the man with a plan as Barcelona oust Atletico Madrid

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was pleased with his side's win over Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg.

The Barcelona side that made sure of their place in the Spanish Cup semifinals after beating Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday is very different to the one we have become accustomed to. Coach Luis Enrique must take great credit for that.

He has now found a way past Atletico Madrid three times in 17 days and will take great pleasure in reversing the crisis, bizarrely created after the 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad at the beginning of January.

Luis Enrique has said from the very beginning...