Is Barcelona boss Luis Enrique out of his depth?

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 09 January 2017, 11:17

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.

Betting Odds Tips

Managers Departed

Last man down

Joey Barton
Joey Barton
(Fleetwood Town)
4th January
VIEW ALL CASUALTIES
x
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
Exclusive Promo Code
C40
JOIN NOW
New customers using promo code C40 only. 1x per customer. Min £10/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets paid as 2x £15/€15 (expires after 30 days). Max £10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable amount £25. Casino bonus expires 72 hours from issue. Eligibility rules, free-bet rules, game, location, payment-method, currency restrictions, stake contributions and terms and conditions apply. 18+ begambleaware.org.
x
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
100BET365
JOIN NOW
Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code ‘100BET365’ can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. 18+ begambleaware.org.
Next in firing line Hottest Manager Markets

Premier League

Next Manager to Leave

Arsenal

Next Manager

Atletico Madrid

Next Manager

Celtic

Next Manager

Chelsea

Next Manager

Crystal Palace

Next Manager

Derby County

Next Manager

England

Next Manager

Fleetwood Town

Next Manager

Liverpool

Next Manager

Manchester City

Next Manager

Manchester United

Next Manager

Newcastle United

Next Manager

Paris St Germain

Next Manager

Port Vale

Next Manager

Republic of Ireland

Next Manager

Sheffield Wednesday

Next Manager

Southampton

Next Manager

Valencia

Next Manager
x
£20 Risk Free First Bet Money Back In Cash
New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
BET HERE
We use cookies to provide statistics that help give you the best experience of our site. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more
Got It