Zubizarreta: Luis Enrique the perfect coach for Barcelona

The Camp Nou side has little doubt that the 44-year-old is the right man to get the club back on track after an unsuccessful campaign under former boss Tata Martino.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta believes Luis Enrique is the perfect coach for the Catalans after their disappointing 2013-14 campaign.

The Camp Nou side announced on Monday that the former Celta de Vigo boss would replace Gerardo Martino following the Argentine's exit after just one season in charge and Zubizarreta has little doubt that Luis Enrique will prove to be the right choice.

"Why Luis Enrique? He knows our way of playing, he knows our style. He is totally prepared to coach Barcelona," Zubizarreta said at a press conference. "Luis Enrique is one of those people who dare to take on difficult challenges. This is not a challenge for Luis Enrique, but a challenge for Barcelona.

"He is someone who knows how we work, the youth teams, Barca B ... He probably knows all that better than me. We are in the best possible hands."

The manager, meanwhile, has admitted that he's delighted to return to the club where he previously spent eight seasons during his active career and coached the club's B team.

"It’s a very special day. We want to build a Barca team that will excite people. We have started working already and started to decide important things," the former midfielder added. "They told me at Barca B that it wasn’t a goodbye, but a ‘see you later’ and they have kept their word. This club gave me a chance to coach when I had no experience.

"I never set myself the goal of coaching the first team because it’s one of those things that’s so wonderful that you don’t imagine it will happen. But here I am."

The freshly appointed Barcelona coach also had his say on Lionel Messi following the Argentine's difficult 2013-14 campaign and vowed to help the forward get back to his usual best next term.

"I am thrilled to count on the best player in the world. He has just signed a new contract and Leo is excited to be here," he said. "The performance of Messi this season hasn’t been as incredible as in previous seasons, but he has still played at a very high level and scored plenty of goals.

"He's still the number one. We want to help him reach his highest level. But not just Messi, all of the players."