Is this the end for Luis Enrique?by Simon Lillicrap / 15 February 2017, 10:55Tweet
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been slaughtered by the Spanish press following the 4-0 hammering at the hands of PSG. We take a quick look at whether the Spaniard will be given the chance to turn it around.
Spanish Radio station Cadena Cope have been reporting that the Barcelona players are ‘fed up’ with Enrique but not just for the PSG humiliation. Their form is inconsistent in La Liga and although they have reached the final of the Copa del Rey, it's believed by many that it's the quality of the players that has dug them out of difficult situations rather than the manager’s tactics.
Luis Enrique is making Barça a worse team with his decisions. There is no other way to put it. He makes it more difficult for the players— migeru (@migerucb) February 15, 2017
Enrique's contract is up at the end of the season and it is looking increasingly likely that Barca will not renew it. He repeatedly tells the press that he does not enjoy the pressures of his job and that he does not see himself staying at the Nou Camp for too long.
Barcelona are just one point off league leaders Real Madrid, however Zinedine Zidane’s side boast two games in hand so that lead should be stretched to seven points. Barring a miraculous turnaround, they are facing a Champions League exit leaving just the Copa del Rey as their only chance of silverware. This does not constitute a successful season for a side like Barcelona who won the treble under Enrique just two seasons ago.
Things have soured since that jubilant season, key players seem unmotivated by him and his tactics leave his side vulnerable to exposure as PSG proved last night. If Barcelona do part ways in the summer who could they get to replace the 46-year-old?
The most impressive manager in Spanish football this season (aside from Zidane) has been Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli. He has led his side into third place just three points off leaders Real Madrid. Given the financial advantage that Barcelona and Real Madrid have over the rest of the league to have another challenger is impressive.
His side are four points clear of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid and are the only side to beat Real Madrid in the league this season. Other than the former Chile manager, current Barca assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel and Real Sociedad gaffer Eusebio Sacristan are all in the running to take the Camp Nou hot seat.
It all depends on the success of the remainder of their season. If they can overhaul Real Madrid in the league and win the Copa del Rey then the Champions League will become less significant. Having said that, Enrique hasn’t given up hope of overturning the deficit...10/1 (Bet365).