Ivan Rakitic says the FC Barcelona dressing room has been left stunned by Luis Enrique's sudden decision to leave the Catalan club.
"It's evident that there are some clubs with a bigger impact than others". That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect. "After this season it will be good for me to get some rest".
So with Enrique on his way out of La Blaugrana at the end of the season, Football Espana asked on Twitter who you thought should be his successor: Ernesto Valverde, Jorge Sampaoli, Eusebio Sacristan, the three names first touted, or someone else? I am so sad because we will miss the flawless trainer for Barcelona, from his personality and his character.
Barca also hold a one-point lead over Real in La Liga, but Zinedine Zidane's men still have a game in hand after Wednesday's 3-3 home draw with Las Palmas.
Last season, he added further La Liga and Copa del Rey titles, but Barca came in for heavy criticism after a 4-0 loss in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Paris Saint-Germain last month.
"I won't be the coach of Barcelona next season". There was already a more positive feeling emanating from Luis Enrique's pregame news conference on Friday. "We want to end the season successfully, enjoy it as best we can".
The Argentine's attacking style would delight the purists at Camp Nou, not to mention the way he likes his teams to dominate the ball - something Barcelona have been accused of abandoning in the Luis Enrique era.
Bartomeu said on Barcelona's official Twitter: "We accept Luis Enrique's decision". After the match, Guardiola praised his former teammate for the job he had done at the club and made it clear that he was disappointed to see him leave. The players are motivated to do it.
Another rumored candidate is Ernesto Valverde, now with Athletic Bilbao.
The former Roma boss will leave the Nou Camp after three successful years at the club, in which he won multiple honours including the Champions League.
'We are in a hard situation, especially in one competition, but with the help of everyone and if the stars align, we can turn that game around. In 2014 after getting this position, he helped the team to win treble. Since taking over from Tata Martino, Barcelona have won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, and one Champions League title. "I would like to thank them for their support and professionalism and I will not forget that we have three very exciting months left together".