It started on Saturday night, when Luis Enrique got into a heated discussion with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. when he told the two that they would be benched against Real Sociedad. It continued on Sunday, when Messi and Ney's absence for most of the game led to a disappointing loss. It got worse on Monday, when Leo missed an open practice because he is reportedly done with Lucho.
Then the club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, started cleaning house and fired Andoni Zubizarreta, who is no longer Barcelona's Sporting Director, which led to Carles Puyol resigning as Zubi's assistant after only four months at the job.
Now, the process of changing everything looks set to be completed. Sources told Barça Blaugranes on Tuesday that Josep Maria Bartomeu has informed the players and his board associates that coach Luis Enrique's contract will be terminated at the end of this week, most precisely after Barça's match against Atlético Madrid in Round 18 of La Liga.
Bartomeu has a scheduled press conference for Wednesday afternoon, in which he'll clarify the situation and possibly announce the firing of one Enrique.
According to the sources, the situation between Lucho and Messi cannot be reversed, and the issue has to be solved quickly before Leo decides to pack his things and move to London, with Chelsea watching every step of the crisis.
If the sources are correct, Enrique will be the one packing his bags and going somewhere else.
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