According to Spanish expert Guillem Balague, Barcelona is Lionel Messi’s team which is just coached by Luis Enrique.
The former Barcelona midfielder took over from Tata Martino at the start of this season, and by only making small changes, he has the Catalans setup to win yet another treble.
Balague believes that Barcelona haven’t made massive strides under Enrique, as all they have done it gone back to playing the way they did under Pep Guardiola.
“This is Messi’s team coached by Luis Enrique,” Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Revista.
“I remember talking to (then Barcelona sporting director) Zubi Zubizarreta at the start of the season and he said: ‘You are going to be surprised by the tactical changes that happen with this team.’
“This is now a very sharp team that looks like three years ago. What has Luis Enrique added? Fitness certainly, the rotations have been great and he has worked really hard at direct football that they are able to apply.
“But now we have gone from Barcelona being a team that plays direct and sometimes controls, to a team that controls and plays direct when they have to. So they have just gone back to a team that suits everybody down to the ground.”
Barcelona are in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, the Champions League semi-finals against Bayern Munich and have five more league fixtures ahead of them to secure the league title.
Do you think Luis Enrique is the master mind behind Barcelona’s success or do you also believe that Messi has a lot of say on how the team plays? Have your say in the comments section below.