Can Luis Enrique became the new Pep Guardiola at Barcelona?

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FC Barcelona made history at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin after winning their fifth Champions League title and securing the treble.

In the process the Catalan club have become the first football club in history to win the league, domestic and European cup for a second time having repeating the feat in their 2008/09 season.

Luis Enrique has had an amazing first season with the Blagurana winning the league title finishing two points above rivals Real Madrid on 94 points, then adding the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao and securing the treble with their 3-1 victory over Italian champions Juventus.

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Juventus also had the chance to secure a treble after winning Serie A and the Italian Cup but the game edged towards Barcelona after only three minutes after a wonderful cross-field ball from Lionel Messi found Jordi Alba which led to some beautiful inter play between the Spaniard, Neymar and Andreas Iniesta, who picked out Ivan Rakitic in the box to slot past Gigi Buffon.

The Italians were always second best despite their tiring efforts throughout the game. There was reward for Juventus though when former Madrid forward Alvaro Morata was able to tap in a rebounded save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Carlos Tevez effort was parried into the striker's path.

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Game over

With every Barca move there was always a threat towards Buffon's goal and 14 minutes after Juve's equaliser the Catalonian giants found themselves back in front after Messi's majestic run and shot was pushed into the path of Luis Suarez, who was able to get to the ball first and slot into the empty net.

A third was scored when Barcelona countered Juventus with rapid speed resulting in Pedro providing Neymar with a one on one which the Brazilian smashed passed Buffon adding icing to the cake sealing the Champions League trophy.

Troubled Start For Luis Enrique

Manger Luis Enrique started the season after taking over from Gerard Martino who endured a trophy-less campaign with Barcelona in 2013/14.

Things haven't always gone Enrique's way where towards the beginning of his reign there were reports of a fall out between himself, Neymar and Messi. Add to that an El Classico 3-1 defeat in October and a first defeat of the season at the Camp Nou to Celta Vigo the next month, negativity was certainly in the air.

In the new year the Catalans lost to Real Sociedad where rumours had circled that Enrique had two games left to save his job. The turnaround began with a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid, who Barca failed to beat in six attempts last season.

He was helped by the return to form of Suarez, who started to shine and blend beautifully as one of the forward three with Messi and Neymar.

What Next for the Champions?

The exit of midfield maestro Xavi will leave a hole in the side, with his experience and leadership having been a major component in Barcelona's success for so many years.

The Spaniard is leaving on the best possible terms claiming the treble and with the emergence of Ivan Rakitic, youngster Sergi Roberto and veterans Iniesta and Sergio Busquets you get the feeling that the loss of Xavi wont be as damaging to Barca now as it would have been two or three years ago.

The front three of 'MSN' look extremely deadly in front of goal and there is the possibility they may get even better with rumours that the Catalans may sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is increasingly becoming one of Europe's biggest talents.

After such a successful first season with Barcelona, Luis Enrique may be able to request certain signings he may desire over the summer, is there much that needs changing in this treble winning squad?

Maybe not, as Enrique has been able to bring the absolute best out of his players. The joy and excitement in which this current team play looks like it will long continue, is it plausible that the Pep Guardiola era may be bettered by Enrique.

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