Champions League: Enrique’s future at Barcelona remains in doubt despite win over Juventus

Barcelona players celebrate with the Champions League trophy after beating Juventus 3-1.
Barcelona players celebrate with the Champions League trophy after beating Juventus 3-1.
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BARCELONA coach Luis Enrique refused to commit himself to the club for next season despite guiding the Catalans to Champions League glory.

Luis Suarez scored the decisive goal as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 to emulate the same treble the club had managed in 2009.

In recent weeks Luis Enrique has steadfastly refused to say he will stay at the Nou Camp and again would not do so despite the Champions League success. As recently as January, there were suggestions he was facing the sack after Barcelona went through a tricky patch.

Asked if he knew whether he would be in charge next season he said: “No, the truth is I don’t, but I’m happy at the moment. My challenge is to enjoy the moment and enjoy a good summer.

“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.

“I have zero interest in the people who criticised me. We have had six defeats and four draws in 60 matches, one of the best seasons we have ever had at Barcelona.

“Without a doubt the best club in Europe has been Barcelona over the last 10 years.”

Andres Iniesta, man-of-the-match in the final, said he hoped Luis Enrique would remain.

He said: “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. It has been a spectacular season in every sense of the word and this has been a spectacular day for all of us.”

Ivan Rakitic had opened the scoring early on and although Barcelona threatened to run away with the game, Juventus equalised through Alvaro Morata. Suarez then made it 2-1 with Neymar rounding off the victory.

Juventus had also been chasing a treble and coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was proud of his players.

He said: “At the end of the game I thanked the team for the wonderful season they have had, and also because of the game they played tonight. It was a great final.

“Unfortunately when you play against great players you think you have things under control and then one of them manages to get away from you.

“Barcelona did this just when we were controlling the match and looking as though we were about to score again. They were extraordinary and we were not able to contain them.

“We come out of this final with great self-esteem and confidence and more awareness that we can play in Europe with great technique and personality.”