What the World Cup is telling Luis Enrique

What the World Cup is telling Luis Enrique
What the World Cup is telling Luis Enrique
There is an obvious connexion between the World Cup and the following season. Despite being a short tournment, full of matches, it's a great football event,...

There is an obvious connexion between the World Cup and the following season. Despite being a short tournment, full of matches, it's a great football event, and it will have its importance in the following season: the post-World Cup season. But we don't know what is going to happen after Brazil 2014. Anyway, Luis Enrique must be taking notes of what he is seeing. And what he is seeing must worry him.

It also happens after the Eurocups. No-one should forget that Luis Aragonés' Spain helped raise Barça players' mood, who were sad after the end of 'Rijkaard's era'. Spain won thanks to Barça's style, with Puyol as the leading figure. After that summer, Pep receibed them with a similar plan. Aragonés' work was useful because Guardiola didn't have to work about matters of faith in the style.

Brasil 2014 tells a lot of things. The similarity of Spain-Netherlands and Bayern-Barça; the need of Messi's team to speak his language; the same need of Neymar's team to speak his language...

2006 World Cup was the precursor of what we subsequently saw with Ronaldinho. 2010 World Cup was the verification that the style and their artists were valid and prepared: they won the Champions League in Wembley next year. What must we expect after Brazil 2014? What is the World Cup telling Luis Enrique?

The worrying similarity between Spain's defeat against Netherlands and that shocking Bayern 4, Barça 0 in the Champions League is eloquent. The performance tendency has remained. And it's gone into free fall. Something alarming that multiply the work for Luis Enrique to recover the best version of the amazing Barça players that are in the World Cup with Spain.

And that's not all. It's obvious that Messi and Neymar are Indian chiefs that need Indian people. The Argentinian sent a clear message to the manager, Alejandro Sabella, about what the player thinks is best for the team. He was polite, as always, but also solid with his football convictions. Messi feels comfortable with the 4-3-3 and very uncomfortable with an experiment of 5 defenders, what was tested by Sabella against Bosnia. His infinite quality let Leo decide some tactical matters. What is worrying for Luis Enrique is that the same happens with Neymar. He has not hierarchy enough to ask Barça for changes. But it's obvious that he needs this power if we want to see him shinning. What if 'Ney' comes back to Barça being World Cup's champion and best player of the competition?

Recovered of his appendicitis operation, Barça's coach is listenting with attention what the World Cup is telling him. The first conclusion is implacable: there is a lot of work to do.