Has Luis Enrique lost the Barcelona dressing room?

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Luis Enrique has endured a tumultuous start to his tenure as Barcelona manager.

Just about anyone who takes the hot-seat post-Guardiola will undergo a rigorous assessment at the hands of demanding supporters and even more demanding media.

It's the latter that have suggested a rift between the manager and his charges.

Whether this is just mischief making, which isn't unheard of where press are concerned, is an interesting point.

No one from FC Barcelona has come out to deny, strenuously or otherwise, the rumours that are continuously circulating at present.

And the notion that Enrique's methods are in some way isolating the senior players is gaining credibility amongst certain well-informed members of the Catalan media.

But quite why there appears to be an issue is anyones guess.

Trying too hard

It's already been acknowledged that Lucho has a fining system in place for a variety of indiscretions. Lateness, sloppiness in training and non-attendance to media duties have all been punishable by fines varying from a handful of euros to thousands.

Nothing wrong in that it would seem.

Guardiola himself was renowned for doing much the same with the kitty at the end of the season being donated to local charities.

Yet it appears different with Enrique. That he is in some way trying too hard to be autocratic. Treating his players as children for want of a better phrase.

Whilst the Catalans continue to nestle just in behind Real Madrid in La Liga, and remain on course for success in both the Copa Del Rey and Champions League, it's likely that not too many dissenters will break ranks.

Unhappy Messi

But we've already seen with the defeats at both Paris Saint-Germain and at home to Celta Vigo that something is amiss.

Lionel Messi for one is known to be very unhappy at both the treatment of his friend Gerard Pique, and a continuous rotation system that hasn't seen Enrique play the same midfield for two games running this season.

It's perhaps the former that has the potential to disrupt Barcelona's season the quickest, especially if the manager were to sanction a move away for Barca' most elegant centre-back.

Pique himself could've done without being pictured on his mobile phone during a match, and quite rightly Enrique read him the riot act.

Your move, Enrique

But discipline for discipline's sake isn't going to win any friends, and as local media are noting, it's doing quite the opposite as his enemies within the dressing room continue to grow.

With the dressing room "lost," Barca's season will quickly unravel and in so doing, their loyal brand of supporters will hound Enrique out of town.

The situation isn't fatal yet, but Enrique has to consider his next chess move very carefully indeed.

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