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Not so, says Barca coach Enrique

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is still not satisfied, despite winning five trophies last year, and is aiming to do even better this year.

The Catalan side have been rampant in attack and a 4-0 victory over Real Betis yesterday morning (Singapore time) set a new Spanish record of 180 goals in a calendar year and lifted Barca back to the top of the La Liga standings.

They followed their Treble success last season by lifting the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, their only defeat coming in the domestic Super Cup by Athletic Bilbao that stopped them matching the six trophies won by Pep Guardiola's 2009 side.

"It has been a good year. I would give it a nine because we can always improve," Enrique (above) said. "As a player my philosophy was always to give my all and I never had any regrets when the season ended, and it is the same as a coach.

"There is not a particularly good or bad moment I will try to remember. I am not going to get carried away and 2015 is already part of the past. It doesn't interest me at all and now I want to do better in 2016 which is the way a professional has to live."

Luis Suarez hit a double and Lionel Messi scored on his 500th appearance for Barca against Betis. Along with Neymar, the trio have scored 137 goals last year.

The situation is now very different to last January when Enrique's position was hanging in the balance. Sports director Andoni Zubizarreta resigned in the fall-out from their Fifa ban for signing minors and president Josep Maria Bartomeu was pressured into bringing forward elections to the end of last season.

The prolific form of the attacking trio was key to the turnaround and Enrique is eager to keep them motivated.

"We can enjoy being a unique team but now the objective is to forget the past and win the next game in 2016. We need to be in position to win trophies at the end of the season," he said. - Reuters.

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