Barcelona have eyes on treble

Barcelona have eyes on treble

Luis Enrique is celebrating a Primera Division title with Barcelona in just his first season in charge but does not want to speculate about his future with much still at stake this campaign.

Barcelona have eyes on treble

Barca won 1-0 at defending champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday to clinch their 23rd Spanish crown.

Lionel Messi’s goal fired the Blaugrana to their seventh league title in the last 11 years.

“This team deserved the win and we are all really satisfied to clinch the league,” Luis Enrique said on his club’s official website.

The Spanish coach is under contract for a further season.

When asked if he will continue in charge, he said: “I have nothing to say. I will not speak about this until the season is over.”

Luis Enrique replaced Gerardo Martino at the helm last summer following a season which had seen Barca finish empty handed.

“Ten months ago I began this adventure at Barcelona,” said the former Barca player. “We made many changes at a time when the club had not won a title.

“We knew that it would not be a season of transition because it can never be like that in a club like this one.”

Barca have won 30 and lost just four of their 37 league games under Luis Enrique, who became the ninth Barca coach to lift the title in his first season in charge.

“It’s a big satisfaction for all of us to win La Liga,” he said. “It’s a title that rewards persistence, which indicates that we’ve had a great season in a year where, moreover, Real Madrid were at a very high level.

“We are more than satisfied to have won it.

“We have struggled at times but it has been a very good campaign.”

Luis Enrique is hungry for more.

His club takes on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on May 30 at the Nou Camp before facing Juventus in the Champions League final on June 6 in Berlin.

“There are still two titles we are hoping to win,” he said. “We have three games left to play and two of them are finals.”

Barca end their domestic league campaign at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

“After the game against Deportivo, we have to focus on the Cup Final at the Camp Nou, which is a big challenge for us,” he said. “If a new (winning) cycle begins it will be because the players have returned to play at the highest level and have been better than our opponents.

“But you have to prove that on the pitch.”

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the manager will remain at the club.

“He has done a magnificent season as coach,” he said on the club’s official website. “He’s under contract for another season and I have no doubt he’ll fulfil it.”

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