Enrique: MSN aren’t machines

UEFA Champions League

The infamous ‘MSN’ - consisting of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – have once again wreaked havoc this season with 107 goals to their names in total thus far, yet the trio were unable to break down the Real Madrid defence in their 2-1 El Clasico loss over the weekend.

And following criticism of their performances against Los Blancos, Barca coach Enrique feels the doubters have been unfair to his star players.

“Messi, Suarez and Neymar are the best in the world, but they are not machines," he told reporters.

"Our attackers are of the highest level, but that does not mean Barcelona are unbeatable.

"What we have achieved is not solely down to them and neither are they to blame when things don't go our way.

"Our attacking trident is in good shape."

Substitute Arda Turan was also lambasted for his performance, entering the field while the scores were still level but finding it difficult to adapt to the pace of the game as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late winner.

"It would be silly to blame the defeat on one player," Enrique said.

"We cannot blame individuals when we lose. Arda came on at the worst possible moment. Madrid would have scored without him as well. He gives us a lot of quality and rarely loses possession.

"It is true that not everybody adapts at the same speed, but he has adapted and knows how we play."

Barca now shift focus to continental matters as they prepare to face La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in their first leg Champions League quarter-final tie this evening.

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