Luis Enrique’s gameplan against Arsenal was brilliantly simple. “I tell them “Abracadabra,” and the magic sparks, that’s all I do,” he joked ahead of the match.

“It’s quite simple, in situations of the game, you don’t have to wish what you would like them to do – because they are already doing it,” he added on a more serious note. “They press, up front, to get the ball from the opponent, and we work hard so that our midfielders can give them the ball.”

Tonight, Lionel Messi orchestrated a 2-0 win over Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie with a goalscoring man-of-the-match performance at the Emirates. Although the Gunners held Barca goalless until the seventy-second minute, the Blaugranas pounced just when Arsenal were gearing up for a late charge.

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