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The head coach of the La Liga champions FC Barcelona was not happy with his side's performance, but felt they improved after the half-time as rookie midfielder Carles Alena salvaged a 1-1 Copa del Rey draw.

 

As Luis Enrique has admitted in his recent interview that FC Barcelona were far from their best as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Hercules in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

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Looking forward to the Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid, the-46-year-old Luis Enrique made 11 changes to his team, including the teenage debutante Carles Alena, who leveled the score for FC Barcelona against Hércules on Thursday.

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And the Spanish champions have now won only two of their past six matches in all competitions and are nine points behind the Zinedine Zidane side Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend.

Talking to the Mundo Deportivo,

"In terms of intensity, I have not seen relaxed players," 


"They wanted to win but we have experience in this kind of knockout tie. As much as I'm not happy, we tried to create problems for a team who changed its system to put five players in defence.”

"We struggled in the first half, we were pretty bad. In the second half we created more chances and could have won but the tie is open and you have to wait for the second leg.”

"Now we focus on one of the best games that can be seen in the championship and we are motivated to face our rivals."
Luis Enrique said.