It will be hard for Luis Enrique to forget last weekend. On Saturday Barcelona were beaten by a newly promoted side, Alaves, at Camp Nou and let three important points slip away. A day later, the team trained, and Luis Enrique took his usual cycle between Gava and the Ciutat Esportiva.
He usually uses one of two paths to go from his home to the Ciutat Esportiva. One short route, of 15 kilometers, which he uses the mountain bike for because it tends to go down an off-road path, crossing the Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat, Viladecans and following the course of the Llobregat river to Sant Joan Despi.
The second route is longer, almost 40 kilometers. For this one he takes the road bike, climbing the slopes of Begues to Villarana and then continuing on to Molins de Rei before arriving at the Ciutat Esportiva.
Luis Enrique himself revealed in an interview with Barça TV at the end of last season that going on the bike serves as therapy when he's got all sorts of football related things running through his head.
On Sunday, therefore, his mind must have been going at 100mph as he thought about the errors which needed correcting -- fluidity, pressing, ball circulation, presicion, efficiency, intensity. There were so many things that he wanted to explain to his players that he was distracted and ended up falling off his bike.
It wasn't too dramaitc, but it was enough for him to need to be seen to at the Ciutat Esportiva, where his right elbow was given a dressing, which is where the most damage was done. And a plaster could be seen throughout Tuesday's 7-0 win over Celtic, the reminder of his little accident.