Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez's penalty defended by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique
By Jack Wilkinson
Last Updated: 15/02/16 5:01pm
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has rejected suggestions that Barcelona's 'Cruyff' penalty was intended to embarrass Celta Vigo, claiming he had seen Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi produce moments of magic in training.
Messi passed up the chance to net his 300th La Liga goal and instead put a hat-trick on a plate for team-mate Suarez with an outrageous penalty routine that evoked memories of Barcelona great Johan Cruyff.
With Barca leading Celta Vigo 3-1 at the Camp Nou, Messi stunned the crowd by tapping an 81st-minute penalty to the side for Suarez, who raced into the box and fired past bewildered goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.
The goal took Suarez onto 23 in the league this season - two ahead of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo - as Barca eased to 6-1 win.
"There will be those who like it and those who don't," Enrique 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."
Dutch great Cruyff, who played and managed Barca during his illustrious career, pulled off a similar trick while playing for Ajax against Helmond Sport in 1982, squaring the ball for team mate Jesper Olsen, who then passed it back to him to score.
Frenchmen Robert Pires and Thierry Henry tried a similar trick for Arsenal against Manchester City in 2005 but got into a muddle and failed to score.
And Enrique revealed it was not something he would try, adding: "I wouldn't dare take it like that because I'd fall over when I put my foot on the ball."
The Barca coach added there was nothing arrogant about Messi's penalty and said there was a tendency in Spain to look down on moments of skill.
"In this country, a kick [at an opponent] is more readily accepted than anything fancy," he said. "We don't care about that.
"What we have to do is enjoy our football, respect our opponents, try to show we're better through football.
"I'm sorry but I don't think anything special happened. I'm used to seeing them train and there they are even better."