Barcelona Manager Luis Enrique to Step Down by the Season's End

Most saw it coming.

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Barcelona‘s boss Luis Enrique has announced his plan to step down at the end of the 2016/17 La Liga season. The Spaniard has been with the club since 2014 and has led the deadly MSN — Messi, Suárez and Neymar Jr. — to a treble in his first year, which included the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey titles. Enrique’s most recent achievements saw the Spanish giants take a domestic double last season.

However, after a humiliating 4-0 defeat against French powerhouse Paris St-Germain in the first match of the Champions League’s last-16 round, some fans are looking forward to a change. Barcelona currently sit atop of the La Liga table, one point ahead of rivals Real Madrid. Barça face Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on May 27. Enrique, a former midfielder for Spain who retired from play in 2004, states:

“It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years. It’s about how I live with my profession, with a never-ending quest for solutions and to improve my team. That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect. I think it will be good for me at the end of the season, because I need to rest. That’s the principle motive. The most important thing is we have three exciting months left in all three competitions. In one of them, we are in a difficult situation but if the stars align, we will have a chance to turn it around.”

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