Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ivan Rakitic reveals how the Barca squad reacted to Luis Enrique's announcement

Luis Enrique has confirmed tonight that he will leave his managerial post at Barcelona at the end of the current season. I need to rest.

"It was a very hard decision for me, very well-thought out", the 46-year-old former Spain global said.

"His three years there they have played unbelievable football".

Even allowing for those politics, too, it still felt a little like Luis Enrique didn't fully fit the club. He has been a great a coach.

Change is in the air, and whoever is picked to succeed Luis Enrique will face an nearly impossible job in terms of building for the future and continuing to win at the same time.

From everything being doomed following a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, Barca ended the season with the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League crowns. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source.

A former club of Luis Enrique's, Celta Vigo are fitting opponents for his first game since announcing his plans to end his trophy-laden spell at Barca, although the Galicians have proved hard opponents for him in recent years.

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The news was first given to the players in the locker room after the game at the Camp Nou. After the match, Guardiola praised his former teammate for the job he had done at the club and made it clear that he was disappointed to see him leave.

Far from the sides filled with home-grown players built around the midfield of the Guardiola years, Enrique's team has been about feeding the star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar the ball as quickly as possible.

He was jeered by the crowd at the Camp Nou in a league game shortly after the defeat in Paris. "I won't be the coach of Barcelona next season".

Eusebio is on Barca's list of potential successors to Enrique, who announced this week that he will step down in the summer, along with the likes of Laurent Blanc and Ernesto Valverde.

'We have that ability to turn any situation around.

Enrique has already publicly stated that he will stand down this summer and Wenger has been under pressure to clarify his own position to dispel lingering doubts and also try to galvanise fans to help Arsenal's run-in.

"We had a super coach during three seasons, " Bartomeu said. Under his guideline, Barca won total eight titles till now and reached the final of Copa del Rey in this season as well.

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