Once the season is over, our contributor Ricard Torquemada analyses the second year of Luis Enrique as FC Barcelona coach. 4 points with the good aspects and also the ones which need improvement.
Competitive level of the team
"The team almost ended better than ever. The recovery of the competitive level has made Barça win 2 titles. From the competitive point of view, it's a special season. A turning point, an improvement in quality. The demonstration that the team not only play well but also is able to compete well. It's not necessary that everything is perfect to take profit. Barça did a big step forward in this sense. The team is able to detect what's wrong and what to do to correct. This is only available for big teams."
"One of the things for which Luis Enrique's second season will be remembered is for Sergi Roberto's outburst. He had never had such continuity and regualirty before, and this season has been perfect for him. He was the player we were willing to see, even though in a very strange position for him, full-back."
"Either as right-back or defensive midfielder, he showed he is a reliable and solid player, especially in the midfield. I don't think Barça have to find another defensive midfielder having Sergi Roberto as substitute of Busquets. No one can deny that Sergi Roberto is the 12th man right now."
"He has done two seasons that make him deserve to be amongst the best coaches of FC Barcelona. Another think is that you can feel more or less identified with the style of the team. But winning 5 of the 6 big titles in two seasons is science-fiction."
"It's possible that his team doesn't have the charm of other teams, but the configuration of the team forces it not to be so harmonic. He has find the right way to win despite taking decisions which don't appear in the "manual", like subbing-off Rakitic for Mathieu in Copa del Rey final, that is taking such an important midfielder."
"I'd like Barça to have more tactical possibilities, although he has not needed it so far because the results and the performance are really good."
"The season ended with a worrying difference between the usual starting lineup and the substitutes. As if the squad was too split in two social classes. Luis Enrique ended the season with the same lineup as last season and he can't do another year with the same legs, regardless they are good players. Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal must do a step forward and the club must do work to reinforce the squad. Barça need to stimulate inner competition, have new resources and increase the squad."