Should he stay or should he go? Luis Enrique's Barcelona in danger of unravelling

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The Asturian is coming under pressure in his third season at Camp Nou and results have been mixed of late. So is it time for him to move on in the summer?

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Should he stay or should he go? Luis Enrique is at the lowest point yet in his successful spell at Barcelona and the Asturian coach is out of contract at the end of the current campaign. So will this be his final season at Camp Nou?

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The former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Spain midfielder moved to the Catalan club as coach in the summer of 2014 after a sole season in charge at Celta Vigo. And after a difficult start to life at Camp Noou, the Asturian led the Blaugrana to the treble in his first season in charge.

A La Liga and Copa del Rey double followed in his second season, while he has claimed eight trophies in all since succeeding Tata Martino as coach - the last of those the Spanish Supercopa secured at the end of August.

Since then, however, things have been less smooth and with 13 rounds of the Primera Division played, Barca trail fierce rivals Real Madrid by six points. Defeat at home to Zinedine Zidane's side on Saturday in the Clasico could therefore be extremely damaging.

But would it really spell the beginning of the end? And will it make any difference anyway? Luis Enrique said himself on Friday that even a win in the Clasico will not be enough to silence the critics.

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"It would be naive of me to think that the critics would stop if we win the Clasico," he said. "The critics are there and I think they are even necessary."

Failure to win on Saturday and there will be many more, even at this early stage of the season, because Barca are already adrift while Madrid have not lost a single match since the beginning of April.

And even though Luis Enrique has won eight trophies as Barca boss, he has yet to discuss a new contract and there is the feeling among many that this will be the Asturian's final season as coach at the Catalan club. But should it be?

"The third year is fatal," the great Hungarian coach Bela Guttmann used to say. And at Barca, former boss Pep Guardiola found life more difficult in his fourth season, failing to win La Liga or the Champions League in his final campaign at Camp Nou.

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Guardiola had seriously considered leaving after three successful seasons, but was persuaded to stay on and at times it seemed a step too far. Because even though he added more trophies in 2011-12, tensions ran high and Pep ended on poor terms with much of the squad by the time he said farewell to take a sabbatical in 2012.

The Catalan coach was exhausted by then and there are signs that Luis Enrique has had enough already.

The 46-year-old has had a rocky relationship with the media ever since his arrival, but often appears tired of the press, while the team are lacking the verve from the early days in his reign - even though there is time to turn it around in the latter part of the campaign.

His refusal to sign a new contract or even discuss one is perhaps a clear sign. Luis Enrique looks ready to walk away in the summer and, if current form is an indication, it may just be the best thing for all parties. But with eight trophies to his name as Barca boss in just over two seasons, he could yet go out on a high.

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