Ever since Luis Enrique took over at Camp Nou there’s been a vibe of success all across Spain and Europe. Exceeding all expectations, he guided the Blaugrana to their first continental treble since the Guardiola era. Pundits claimed that he was destined for greatness as the last manager to win the treble in his first season in-charge was Pep Guardiola himself. But the shoes were supposedly too big to fill.
Having won all but the Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona went on a 39-match unbeaten streak claiming the FIFA Club World Cup along the way and looked set to retain all the honors they had achieved in the past season which would’ve expanded their dominion over Domestic, European and World football. Well, almost.
Two weeks ago, Barcelona sat nine points clear atop La Liga and were favourites to offload Atletico Madrid from the Champions League only for a calamitous fall from grace. They are now on a 6-match run in all competitions with only one inconsequential win, that saw them crash out of the Champions League at the hands of Atletico and their lead at the top of the league cut down to merely a head to head record. It has been a cataclysmic change in fortunes as the Catalan giants are poised to lose it all.
Some noticeable factors could account for their catastrophic run of form which has seen them lose three league fixtures on the trot for the first time since 2003.