Another questionable decision by Luis Enrique cost Barcelona points and first place

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In the last game on Sunday, Barcelona missed the chance to once more be number one in Primera Division.  They suffer a stunning defeat from 13 ranked team in Primera Division Real Sociedad (1-0), only goal in the game was scored in 2’ and it was own goal after a corner kick by Jordi Alba.

Maybe more surprising then this defeat was the move from Barcelona coach Luis Enrique about leaving his two star players Lionel Messi and Neymar on the bench and starting with only Luis Suarez from the main attack. Both of these players enter in second half but it wasn’t enough for Barcelona to get at least one point.

Barcelona appointed Luis Enrique last year in May after Gerardo Martino departed from Barcelona bench. At that moment most sport analyst was surprised with appointment of Luis Enrique and there was even some rumors saying that Barcelona sign Enrique only to steal him from Real Madrid.

Luis Enrique is one of rare players that played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He started playing in Sporting Gijon and in 1991 he left for Real Madrid. In Madrid he stayed for 5 years, played 157 matches and scored 15 goals for Real. In 1996 he move from Real Madrid to Barcelona and stayed there until the end of his career. For Barcelona Enrique played 207 games and scored 73 goals.

Before he was appointed as a coach, Enrique was coaching Romas in season 2011/2012. Roma finish 7th in Seria A with a decent score 16-8-14 60:54. Enrique gets fired in May but it wasn’t long until Celta Vigo sign him as their new coach. At the end of season Celta finish 9th in Primera Division (14-7-17 49:54) but since they finish on 17th place in season before that was a major success for Enrique.

At the end of season Enrique gets a call from Barcelona asked to be their new coach. From then until now and statistically looking Enrique doesn’t have a bad score with Barcelona from 25 games he have 19-2-4 68:14.But some of his decisions are questionable and that is what sport critics mostly take into account when saying that Enrique is not a good coach for Barcelona.

After the game with Real Sociedad Enrique said that he and only he was responsible for this loss, he expected the hard game but they (Barcelona players) showed very little in this game.  Reporters also asked him why did he leave Messi and Neymar on the bench he told them that he decide to risk it because some players get back only two days ago. But when asked would he make same decision again he replay that he is not sure that he would make that decision again.

At the end Barcelona missed the chance to be number one in Primera Division, but on other hand with Real Madrid loss against Valencia 2-1 they didn’t loose anything in Primera Division. They are still second and Real Madrid is still one point (and one game less) in front of them.


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