Luis Enrique dreaming of Euro glory

Luis Enrique dreaming of Euro glory

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was in ecstatic mood as his side reached the Champions League final after ousting Bayern Munich from the competition.

Luis Enrique, whose team remains on course for a treble-winning campaign, led his side to a 5-3 aggregate win, despite losing Tuesday’s second leg 3-2 in Munich.

Luis Enrique dreaming of Euro glory

The Catalans will next face either Juventus or bitter rivals Real Madrid in the final on June 6 in Berlin.

“It’s mission accomplished,” Luis Enrique said on his club’s official website. “Our next objective is to be European champions.

“We’re one win away from winning each of the three competitions we are in. This is our objective.

“It’s a nice moment but we still have to seal the deal”.

Barca had taken a 3-0 advantage from the first leg to the Allianz Arena but trailed 1-0 early on thanks to Mehdi Benatia’s strike before two first-half goals from Neymar gave the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead.

The Primera Division leaders succumbed to a second-half fight back from Bayern on the night, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller securing a 3-1 win, but Barca’s emphatic first-leg triumph was enough to secure progress.

Luis Enrique dreaming of Euro glory

“We are very happy,” Luis Enrique said. “We deserve to be in the final.

“The team did well and getting to half-time with a lead was important.

“It was a game that was determined by our rival’s need to take risks and attack, but even though they took the lead, we came back at them and created plenty of chances.

“We lost a lot of possession in the second half and I felt we had slipped into the idea that we were already in the final.

“But we know our players’ abilities and what they can do and I am very happy with their performance

“This success is down to all of the people who make up the team and it’s a moment to enjoy”.

Luis Enrique became Barca’s third coach to reach the Champions League final in his first season in charge with Enrique Orizaola and Bayern manager Pep Guardiola having previously achieved that feat.

Barca had not reached the final since 2011 and it will be Neymar’s first since joining Barca from Santos in 2013.

Neymar, who is alongside Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo the leading scorer in the competition with nine goals, said: “I want to congratulate the whole team for the game we played.

“I’m very happy with the goals and to be in the final. It’s great. Now we only have one step left.

“The dressing room hosted a small party but we still have one more step.

“It’s very important to be in the Final. It doesn’t matter who we play.”

Barca will have little time to celebrate as they must prepare for their next challenge.

The Catalan giants lead the Primera Division standings four points clear of Real Madrid with two games remaining and take on Spanish defending champions Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Sunday.

Barca end the league at home to Deportivo La Coruna and will face Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final on May 30.

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