Messi, Barca have upper hand against PSG

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Luis Enrique will celebrate his 50th match in charge of Barcelona as the club welcomes Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of its Champions League quarterfinal.

In that time, the relatively undemonstrative Spaniard has steered his team to 41 wins, three draws and five losses, with 141 goals scored and just 31 conceded - better statistics than any predecessor, including Pep Guardiola, Johan Cruyff and even the locally revered Helenio Herrera.

Among the keys to Enrique's success have been his gritty determination to brush aside criticism or disputes and concentrate on the game ahead, steely patience and an ability to imbue his squad with self-belief.


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