The new coach of the Blaugrana insists that he will do things his own way, and has laughed off criticism of his techniquesLuis Enrique says he will continue to follow the methods which have worked for him thus far after being handed the job of coaching Barcelona, even if people think he is crazy.
The former Barca player, who was named as Tata Martino's successor at Camp Nou earlier this month, is known for having a sometimes unusual coaching style, but he insists he will not change his approach now that he has been given the job of leading the Catalan giants.
"We are going to do it my way, no doubt about that, because otherwise the club would have employed a different coach. I am not going to do what everyone else might tell me," Luis Enrique told Barca TV.
And that could well mean the new Barca boss erecting scaffolding at the club's training ground, as he has taken to doing elsewhere.
"The famous scaffolding came from me wanting to watch training from a position high up, so that I could control the players and the spaces between the lines and I could also record the session," the 44-year-old explained. "I understand that there are lots of methods, but I see this makes the news in Spain and the joke is that you are climbing scaffolding when the normal thing is quite different.
"But what you are really doing is carefully assessing a tactical idea, which is vital in football. You see the distance between the lines and where your players are, and when you are at ground level you cannot see this. But I'm not bothered about what they say. I’m going to do what I think I have got to do and everything will be for the benefit of the club, and we’ll look to improve the team. Results will tell the tale of whether I got it right or whether I'm crazy."
The former Barca B, Roma and Celta Vigo boss is keen for the Blaugrana not to repeat their travails of 2013-14, which saw them collect only the Spanish Super Cup, and says it is the job of the players and staff to look at themselves rather than blame outside influences when they lose.
"Unfortunately we didn’t win anything this past season, so this is the year we have to get back to winning ways. We'll try everything we can to do that. If we don't win anything, then we’ll have to look at ourselves, get together and see what the consequences are. There will be some self-criticism and some looking inside yourself. You don’t look for mistakes outside."