Barcelona players back Luis Enrique – Gerard Pique

Feb 21, 2017
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says manager Luis Enrique had the players' backing.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says manager Luis Enrique had the players’ backing.

Luis Enrique helped Barcelona out of a delicate moment when he took over from Gerardo Martino in 2014 and has the full backing of his players now, says Gerard Pique.

The Barca boss has come under fire since the 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday in the Champions League.

His contract expires in the summer and he revealed at the weekend that he’s still not decided what he will do beyond the current campaign.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists he wanted Luis Enrique to continue at the helm into a fourth season – saying “there is no Plan B” – and Pique says the players were behind him.

“When the manager arrived, we were in the absolute s— and with him we won the treble,” the centre-back said at an event in Barcelona on Monday.

“I’d like it if everyone looked back and saw all the work the manager has done with us. We are with him until the death. We’re all together trying to overcome this dip in form.”

Barca followed up the loss in Paris with an out-of-sorts performance against Leganes on Sunday, with a 90th-minute penalty from Lionel Messi rescuing three points and keeping them in the title race.

Pique acknowledges that the Blaugrana are struggling to play their best football at the moment, but he’s certain they will come through it. – ESPN