Is Barcelona boss Luis Enrique out of his depth?by Simon Lillicrap / 09 January 2017, 11:17Tweet
A late Lionel Messi free kick rescued a point for Barcelona this weekend, however manager Luis Enrique has received some criticism for his sides recent lacklustre performances.
Barca have now drawn four out of their last six league games, which has seen them slip down to third, five points behind leaders Real Madrid.
With a squad that boasts such talent the Blaugrana should surely be challenging for the title, which Real Madrid appear to be running away with. Zinedine Zidane’s side has equalled Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Luis Enrique’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Spaniard has given away no hints on whether he will stay at the club. The Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated the fact that they would like to keep him at the club and they have agreed to delay any talk of a new contact until April.
It has been reported that Barcelona are eyeing up Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as Enrique’s replacement, whilst former Barcelona player and Assistant Coach Ronald Koeman has also been linked with the job.
This speculation of a new manager is all dependent on Enrique’s contract situation however and his statistics are quite incredible and do suggest he deserves a new contract.
He won the treble in his first season in charge, the league and cup double last season, and despite their poor form his side are still fighting on all three fronts this season.
In 150 games in charge he has Won 114, Drawn 19 and lost just 17, a startling record for a relatively inexperienced manager. In his previous post at Celta Vigo he led them to a respectable ninth position.
This season however they seem to be more reliant than ever on Leo Messi. He scored half their goals in the group stage of the Champions League and has been scoring crucial goals like the one this weekend throughout the season.
Enrique needs to find a way to make his side less reliant on the Argentinian and help Neymar find his form, he is currently on a run of 10 games without a goal.
Being the Barcelona manager is always a difficult job, balancing the egos of some of the world’s greatest players and a lot will depend on Barca’s success for the rest of the season as to whether Enrique remains in charge.
Name: Messi— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) January 8, 2017
Job: Saving Luis Enrique's job