What happens when you are the manager of one of the most successful clubs in the world? You have a lot of pressure. Millions of people look up to you, hoping your presence might help their favourite club clinch victories, win trophies, and be invincible.
Luis Enrique, the former Spanish footballer who took charge of Barcelona last year has lived up to all those expectations. He convincingly carried the burden on his shoulders, showing perfection in his debut season with the Catalan giants, and won a treble – La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champion’s League.
This is such an achievement that every manager dreams of, and to do it in his first attempt is like a cherry on top of cake.
On Saturday late night, by winning the Champion’s league for the fifth time in six years, Barcelona acquired the treble, delighting their fans from around the world. They beat Italian club, Juventus, 3-1 with Neymar scoring in the additional time after denied a goal earlier due to handball.
But the silver lining might be short lived for the Spanish club as reports of Luis Enrique, ending his reign at Camp Nou are making rounds.
According to a report by BBC, Enrique declined to give any confirmation about his continuation as the manager of Barcelona. “No, the truth is I don’t, but I’m happy at the moment. My challenge is to enjoy the moment and enjoy a good summer,” he said.
In the same report, he thanked Barcelona for believing in him. He added: “The time will come when decisions have to be made. It has been a difficult year, a year of transition but I have to thank all the people who trusted me and thought I was the best person to lead Barcelona with my staff.”
According to an ESPN FC report, Enrique might be too shaken by the changes that have happened in Barcelona. The report has said that the upcoming elections, resignation of Andoni Zubizarreta, the club’s sporting director, and Messi’s gastric problems that denied him a training session might have left a lingering effect on the 45-year-old coach.
Regardless, the departure of him at this stage when Barcelona has reached the summit of success will definitely have a toll on the newly crowned champions.
A double treble
Barcelona has become the first time to win the treble twice. In 2009, under Pep Guardiola the Catalan giants won their first ever treble. And Luis Enrique managed to do the same again for the Spanish club in his very first season in the top job.
The winning team was welcomed by thousands of fans as the club paraded around the city with their three trophies sitting erect in top of the bus.
The three musketeers
Neymar, Messi and Suarez collectively scored 122 goals for Barcelona in the last season.
In a report by MailOnline, former German footballer, Michael Ballack termed them as “divas” who “don’t like depending.”
According to a report by BBC, Suarez who missed the first half of the season due to the ban on him for biting Giorgio Chiellini of Italy called the treble win to be “something unique.”
In the same report, he added: “To win these competitions you have to suffer, if not it’s worth it. Today we had to suffer to win the match.”