Luis Enrique and Barcelona remain goalless against 9 men Malaga and lost another crucial 2 points. The Catalans were playing without their 2 main forwards. Luis Suarez was out due to suspension and Lionel Messi got sick a few hours before the kick-off. The question arises ” Is Luis Enriques time at FC Barcelona is near to an end? “
Is Luis Enriques time at FC Barcelona is near to an end?
Despite Suarez, Messi and Neymar were out of the action, the starting line-up by Luis Enrique was a blunder. Lucas Digne started at the left-back position. Alba is more of an attacking threat than his defensive contributions. His involvement would have boosted the attack. Pique’s return was the real trigger for the club both in attack and defense. In the midfield, the only regular starter was Sergio Busquets. Andres is injured since the game against Manchester City. Rakitic was fit to play but, to the surprise, was on the bench. Denis Suarez and Rafinha started the game replacing Iniesta and Rakitic.
Luis Enrique gave chance to Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan since Messi and Suarez both were unavailable. Meanwhile, Neymar switched to the right wing, and Arda started on the left. Paco Alcacer started as the striker. He hasn’t scored a single goal for Barcelona despite many great chances he had. Enrique gave him another chance to prove his worth. But disappointment was all he could return.
Luis Enrique’s tactics no more effective?
Since the new manager arrived in 2014, a fresh air came to the Camp Nou. He introduced new features in the game, such as long balls and counter attacking along with the traditional tiki-taka. His new signings and tactics resulted as a treble in 2015. But it seems now that opponents have found a way to counter Enrique’s tactics and get the better of Barca. It is a similar situation as 2012 when Pep Guardiola left Barcelona after a horrible season. So is it the time that Luis Enrique should move to another after his contract expires at the end of the season?