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Jose Luis Mendilibar praises Barcelona

Jose Luis Mendilibar praises Luis Enrique's Barcelona as the Spaniard show signs of a similar playing style to that of Pep Guardiola's first season in charge.

Levante boss Jose Luis Mendilibar has praised Luis Enrique's Barcelona, as the Catalan team have shown signs of a similar playing style to that of Pep Guardiola's side during his first season in charge.

Mendilibar notices similarities between the two managers' tactical styles and applauds the quick effect that Enrique has had on the team.

"Barcelona have become more aggressive, just like in Guardiola's first season, especially since they recover quickly after losing the ball in advanced areas," the Levante coach said, according to Sky Sports News.

"Luis Enrique is not a manager who only picks big-name players or has his favourites.

"He has not been afraid to include youngsters in his team, even though the press are always suggesting who should be playing."

Levante host Barcelona at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on Sunday, as Enrique looks to continue his team's winning start to the La Liga campaign.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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