It is naive not to depend on Messi, says Luis Enrique

Watch Barca vs Sporting Gijon Live: In Spanish La Liga, Barcelona meets Sporting which is in the 18th position in the points table on 1st March, Wednesday. "I think we have the resources to cause them problems".

Instead, the 46-year-old says that he has made the "difficult decision" to take that opportunity and get the "rest he needs".

And he will now move on at the end of the campaign, saying: 'It's a very hard decision for me, one I've thought about a lot, but I think I need to be true to myself and fair to my way of thinking.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has decided not to return to the club next season. He has been a great a coach.

Rakitic revealed that while the players are in shock, they are eager to give Enrique the best send-off possible.

Assistant manager Unzue is Luis Enrique's choice to take over from him and continue his work.

Luis's decision to leave may also be politically motivated.

Luis Enrique followed in the footsteps of former team mate Pep Guardiola in leading Barca to the treble in his first season in charge, although his reign has also witnessed turbulent moments.

The odds-on favorite and a Barcelona legend who albeit haveing moved away from the possession based philosophy is one who could usher in a new era at the club. He has had two or three years and played some unbelievable football with unbelievable players. He's given us success in the last years and a great image of the club, but we're not done yet. "My dedication during the coming three months will be total".

The win over Sporting saw Barcelona reclaim top spot on the La Liga standings following Real Madrid's 3-3 draw against Las Palmas on Wednesday, even though Los Blancos have a game in hand.

Barcelona is in a tight race for the league title with Real Madrid and reached the Copa final against Alaves.

A former defensive midfielder at the Catalan club, Luis Enrique replaced Gerard Martino ahead of the 2014-15 season.

According to BBC Sport, who spoke to a reporter from Radio Catalunya, the two early front-runners are Michael Laudrup and Everton boss Ronald Koeman, both former players who "know the philosophy of the club".

  • Julie Sanders