Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has expressed sympathy for his sacked Real Madrid counterpart Rafa Benitez, but also explained that Monday night's news from the Bernabeu wasn't exactly a shock because of the nature of the sport.

Asked for his thoughts at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Enrique replied, "I was not surprised by Real Madrid's decision to dismiss Benitez."

Real are just four points off the top of the La Liga, despite a run of three defeats in their last eight games, and just two behind Enrique's Barça. That however, wasn't enough to keep Rafa in a job.

"That is the way things go in modern day football," Enrique explained. "This is nothing new. I do not think it is unfair on coaches. It is a risk that comes with the profession. We are all made aware of this when we do our coaching courses. We know this can happen and we all accept it.

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"It is a shame for those who get the sack, while it is something positive for the one who gets the job. We all go through a situation like this at some point in our career."

Enrique himself was reported to be on the verge of being shown the door this time last year. Things quickly changed, though, and he was soon hailed as a legend after guiding the Catalan giants to an historic second treble just a few months later.

In other news, Barça host Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night and Enrique has confirmed that summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are both set to make their debuts after finally being registered this week.

"Both of them will get the chance to wear the Barça shirt and play a part in the match," the manager revealed. "We have GPS data from their training sessions that shows that they are perfectly capable of playing the full 90 minutes."

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