FC Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique looks on during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in the San Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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The logistics of Barcelona's North American tour are tough enough, coach Luis Enrique makes no apologies for letting stars including Lionel Messi skip the preseason excursion.Luis Enrique and captain Andres Iniesta were fresh off the bus from the airport when they met with the media, the team having been cheered upon arrival at their hotel by a gaggle of Barcelona fans.Asked if he owed those fans a chance to see players like Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar, Luis Enrique said his first duty was to get those players some much-needed time off.Although the tour includes such potentially distracting sidelines as meetings with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant as well as with members of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Luis Enrique and Iniesta are both keen to get the focus on the field.
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