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Luis Enrique warns Barcelona not to look past Depor toward Man City

Luis Enrique has warned his Barcelona players that it would be a mistake to think about Manchester City's visit in the Champions League next week and to lose focus on this weekend's league game against Deportivo La Coruna.

Barca return to La Liga action after the international break on Saturday and face a Depor side who have drawn their last two games at Camp Nou. They came from two goals down last season to earn a 2-2 draw, having produced the same scoreline the year before to secure their top-flight status.

On top of that, the Blaugrana will also be wary of September's home defeat to Alaves, which came after the campaign's first international break.

"There's only one game for us and that is the game against Deportivo, even more so seeing as we can get points back in the league by winning our game," the Barca coach said at a news conference on Friday.

"The players know the situation. They know how difficult it is to prepare in just few days, but thinking about another game next week is a mistake.

"It's not just the two draws against Depor, either, but the fact that we are also restarting after the international break, and these are circumstances which could influence the game.

"We will have to be alert. Depor give up very few goals, they defend well and will make things tough for us. It is a test for us."

Enrique confirmed that Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti are both back in contention having trained well this week, though he refused to speculate about what team he will pick.

Pressed specifically on if the injured Sergi Roberto will be replaced by Aleix Vidal -- who has not been picked for the last six matches, with local reports saying he's being punished for poor performances -- the Barca boss said he's not closing the door on anything.

"I don't tend to give clues about what I will do, especially to rival coach before a game," he added.

"I'm happy with the performances of all my players. It's true that throughout my career I've not counted on players at times, but several players have changed their situation.

"That doesn't mean it's easy, nor the opposite, for things to change, but I won't say who will play [on Saturday] -- I'm open to all options."