Barcelona Aim to Bookend Enrique’s Tenure With Another Treble
It’s still hard to believe that manager Luis Enrique will actually be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. After three successful years in charge of the Blaugrana, Enrique will be stepping away from the sport. As of now there’s still no telling who will be replacing the 46-year-old at the helm, but in the meantime the club is focused on bookending his career with another treble like the one he began with in 2014.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been alternating UEFA champions for the last three years and it’s very likely that one of the two could raise the trophy once again. The draw for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League was just announced this week and both clubs will have their work cut out for them to reach the final. Barcelona takes on the top Italian side, Juventus, in a match-up that should be one for the ages. Barca reached the finals with a heart-stopping win against Paris St-Germain and should be expected to continue on their path to yet another European championship.
The Catalan club is also still in the running to repeat as La Liga champions once again. Last year Barcelona was able to secure the La Liga title by edging rival Real Madrid by one point. It’s looking as though the finish to this year’s season will also be another neck-and-neck race between the two powerhouse clubs. Barca currently sit a mere two points behind Real Madrid for the top spot in La Liga, and will definitely look to cap off their coach’s career with a few extra trophies.
Barcelona have already reached the final for the Copa del Rey where they will play Alaves. On the surface, the match seems like one that should be a cakewalk for Barca. Alaves sit in 10th place in the La Liga table and this game will mark the team’s first-ever Copa del Rey final. However, it’s important to remember that both Luis Suarez and Sergi Roberto will be unavailable in the final after the pair were sent off during the second semi-final match against Atlético Madrid.
The next few months will be thrilling as Barcelona aim for a historic third treble to see their manager off in style. The team is playing some of its best football of the year at just the right time, and both Messi and Neymar are at the top of their games. It certainly won’t be easy, but we wouldn’t put it past this Barca squad to make history once again.