Barcelona coach Luis Enrique refused to say if he was going to stay at the club when talking after his side’s 3-1 Champions League final win against Juventus. He did not want to be drawn on his future or confirm whether or not he would be in charge next season, despite completing a treble by winning the Champions League.
“This has been spectacular,” Luis Enrique said after his team’s victory. Enrique, in his first season as coach at the Nou Camp after succeeding Gerardo Martino, added the Champions League to La Liga and the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Juventus in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. The manager said the decision would have to wait after being asked whether he intended to continue as the team’s coach.
When asked if he would be back to guide the players towards another treble next season, Luis Enrique was less than clear with his answer. “My challenge is to enjoy this moment at the time,” he told the reporters. “And to have a good summer. The season is not over yet, we have a long night ahead of us now.”
Speculation has mounted, however, that he may still leave and the former Barcelona player and B team coach was pressed on his future amid the celebrations for the club’s fifth triumph in the tournament.
“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,” said Enrique.
While the players are likely want the coach to stay, judging by the comments of midfielder Andres Iniesta, who became the first player to assist a goal in three different Champions League finals.“He’s our coach and our leader and I hope he will continue with us next year – he has not said anything to the contrary,” said the 31-year-old. “It has been a spectacular season in every sense of the word and this has been a spectacular day for all of us.”
Barcelona’s fifth victory in the competition means they have moved alongside Bayern Munich and Liverpool as third in the list of all-time winners. “I have zero interest in the people who criticized me. We have had six defeats and four draws in 60 matches, one of the best seasons we have ever had at Barcelona,” added the coach. “Without a doubt the best club in Europe has been Barcelona over the last 10 years.”