Luis Enrique defends Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez after Celta Vigo penalty

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has defended both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for their penalty routine in the club's 6-1 win against Celta Vigo.

The Catalan club were leading 3-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game at the Nou Camp when Messi stepped up to take a penalty. 

However, instead of attempting to score his 300th La Liga goal for the club, he passed the ball for Suarez to score past goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez - in a move reminiscent of Johan Cruyff's famous spot-kick for Ajax against Helmond Sport in 1982.

While the move was lauded by most, some claimed it was disrespectful to Celta Vigo.

Leading the charge against Barcelona's superstars was former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys, who tweeted: "My biggest problem with Messi's pen is that it shouldn't have been allowed - Suarez was encroaching. No need for it either. Last word on Suarez pen - what would've happened had Madrid done it to Barca in a Classico? Exactly......."

However Luis Enrique has moved to dismiss those saying Messi and Suarez's actions were out of line, and called on fans to enjoy his team's spontaneity.

"There will be those who like it and those who don't," the Barcelona boss told reporters. "As well as winning titles, here we try to entertain people and win in a spectacular and sporting manner.

"You can take a penalty like that, it's legal and there's a Cruyff penalty we all know."


Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Berizzo was also quick to dismiss any notion of controversy, and said his side have no issue with how Messi took the penalty. "Barca's forwards are very respectful and they can score goals however they want," he said. "The penalty was taken in a different manner, that's all."

Barcelona are now three points clear at the top of La Liga with a game in hand after their demolition of Enrique's former side.  Luis Suarez's hat-trick inspired the win, while Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Neymar were also on the scoresheet.

Next up for the reigning champions are away trips to Sporting Gijon, before they go up against Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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