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A special day, says Enrique

Barcelona: Luis Enrique promised “attractive and effective football” as he took the reins at Barcelona on Wednesday and set about putting the Catalan giants back at the summit of the European game.

“This is a very special day,” Luis Enrique, who has signed a two-year contract, told a news conference. “We are beginning the building of a new, exciting Barca.

“My team will attack, we’ll play attractive and effective football, the kind of football that millions across the world have come to love, which means we need to defend well too,” said the former Barca B coach, who had an impressive season in charge of Celta Vigo last season.

The former Barca and Spain midfielder, has replaced Gerardo Martino. The Argentine had a disappointing debut season without major silverware and stepped down on Saturday.

Barcelona lost out to Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race and were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They also lost to Real Madrid in the final of the King’s Cup.