Luis Enrique announces: I leave Barcelona after this season
Luis Enrique is one of the greatest coaches in Barcelona´s history. When the Spaniard took over after Tata Martino the club had their first season without any trophies after Pep Guardiola´s era. With players like Messi, Iniesta, Xavi. Neymar and Alexis Sanchez on the team that was of course unacceptable for the Blaugrana. The fans were so spoiled under Pep that a season without glory meant a failure even if the team only lost the league by goal difference, and managed to get to the semi-finals in the Copa del Rey and quarter-finals in the Champions League.
Like in recent years Barcelona turned their eyes against someone who knows the club. Someone who knows what the Barcelona DNA was. And as it seemed there was one already in La liga, he was in charge of Celta Vigo. They were playing inspirational football and was on the top six. That man was Luis Enrique. He was assistant coach under Pep during his years with Barca B and his first year with the first team. He then took on the B-team by himself and they ended up on the top four spot but couldn´t be able to move up to La Liga since Barcelonas first team are already there. He then moved to Roma in which his spell was anything else than easy. The team played well but the points never came in a way they hoped. He saw himself in controversy with the prince of Rome Francesco Totti. He also had trouble with Danielle de Rossi. After one season he had to go and moved now to Celta Vigo.
When he took charge over Barcelona he brought in Luis Suarez who was suspended for four months, Rakitic from Sevilla and Mathieu and Varmealen to strength the defense. It wasn´t a walk in the park here either. The first six months nothing seemed to be working, Luis Enrique changed his starting line-up 30 times during the first period. He even benched Messi against Real Sociedad, a game Barcelona lost with 2-1. When all hope seemed to be gone and Barcelona even though possessing one of the strongest attack ever in football history never produced it all changed. It was in January, a game against Atletico Madrid, the rivals who took the lead in front of the eyes of Barcelona last season. A game which will be forever remembered as the start of Luis Enriques era. That day they played football they way only Barcelona knows how to. Messi, Suarez and Neymar (MSN) challenged Real Madrids BBC and took home the treble for the second time in the clubs history. Only four teams has managed to win a treble and only one team has done it twice, and that is Barcelona. During the second season he lost in the semi-finals against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League but won a domestic double with the league and Copa del Rey.
This will now be his last season in which they are already in the final in Copa del Rey playing against Alaves. They are on the top of the league with two points. But the main problem was the loss against PSG in the Champions League. A huge 4-0 loss at Parc de Princes is something that could get you as a Barcelona manager sacked. Even if you have won everything during your spell with the club. This was the biggest loss for Barcelona in 10 years.
So one of the most successful coaches in the clubs history has to go again. Just like Guardiola he said he needs a brake. The Barcelona job seems not be an easy task. The question now is how will he end his spell and who is taking over.