Luis Enrique’s stint at FC Barcelona ended on the weekend, and he has now apparently blamed Lionel Messi and Neymar for the Blaugrana’s failure to win the La Liga title this season.
The Spaniard’s three-year spell in the Barcelona dugout ended with a 3-1 Copa del Rey final win over Alaves.
He leaves the club with a better win percentage than Pep Guardiola, and with nine trophies too.
However, despite lifting the club’s 29th Copa del Rey title, the 2016/17 campaign will hardly be seen as a success, with Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid lifting the La Liga title and Juventus knocking the Blaugrana out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage.
According to Diario Gol, Enrique blames two of his biggest superstars for the Catalan giants’ failure to win La Liga in his final season at the Camp Nou.
It has been claimed that Messi and Neymar feel that Enrique should have left the club earlier, with some players apparently even asking for his sacking in January 2015 after a defeat to Real Sociedad.
The 47-year-old ex-coach reportedly believes Barcelona could have lifted the league title this season if he had more backing from the players, particularly Messi and Neymar.
Meanwhile, the club has confirmed former player Ernesto Valverde as their new coach, with the former Athletic Bilbao coach set to be unveiled on Thursday.