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A Fan's Perspective: What's on Lucho's mind?

The Asturian continues to maintain ambiguity regarding his future.

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It's been over two years since Luis Enrique took charge at FC Barçelona.

When Enrique first arrived, things were in bedlam at Barça— the greatest manager in the club's history had departed, his successor was getting treated for cancer, the interim manager had paved the way for one of the brightest prospects from the academy to leave, and Tata Martino had no idea what he was doing.

It wasn't just the managerial situation that was in pandemonium though; the squad that had led Barça to it's golden era was aging. The likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, who were the cornerstones to Barça's style of play, were struggling with playing 50-60 games a season, and it showed.

Not only was Barça in disarray internally, teams had begun to crack the code on how to neutralise the unstoppable tiki-taka machine.

Saying that Barça needed change would have been an understatement; it needed to evolve.

In came Luis Enrique and a host of signings, who did not have the Barça DNA as they call it. Somehow, Luis Enrique managed to do what Pep Guardiola couldn't— motivate players who had won everything there is to win, to push themselves further.

The polarity that Enrique's pragmatism has garnered is understandable but moot, once one looks at his trophy-haul at the Camp Nou. So when he publicly states his disapproval of signing long-term contracts, one has to ask themselves if they truly want the man gone.

When someone asks Luis Enrique to sign a contract #Lucho #Barca @fcbarcelona

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There has been a huge change in the managerial policies of European giants in the past few years where teams sign managers for short spells in the hope of ameliorating their squads, and entertaining their audiences.

Luis Enrique has managed to do both, and in style.

While the man has his flaws, few could replicate the kind of success that the Asturian has achieved since he returned to Catalonia as a coach.

And he did it his way.

Maybe Luis Enrique has grown disillusioned with the project he strived so hard to build. However, if one were to ask me, it is in the best interest of the Blaugrana, to let the man finish what he started, when he first held the reigns to the Barça machine.

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