Outgoing Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says he is delighted to end his Camp Nou reign with 'no sadness' but 'total joy' after Copa del Rey win on Saturday.
Lionel Messi and his team-mates bid Luis Enrique a fitting farewell as they beat Alaves 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey for a record 29th time, in the Vicente Calderon’s last-ever game.RELATED: Copa del Rey: Barca beat Alaves to send off Enrique on a high
Enrique has never been one for emotions, but through his almost permanently-furrowed brow he labelled himself delighted, and a little relieved, at leaving Barcelona with yet another trophy.
“There is no sadness at all, total joy. It is better for me to stop now, and for players too. Such big demands day to day take it out of you.
"It was not to be in La Liga or the Champions League, but our fans appreciate the effort these players made through the whole season. Most managers end up leaving clubs fired as results have not been good, so this is the best way to go.” said Enrique in a post-match reaction
It has been a demanding three-year spell in charge but it has also been a trophy-laden reign. This Copa del Rey, his ninth and final trophy, was the result of a 3-1 win over Alaves that proved ultimately to be fairly routine.
Luis Enrique’s final trophy win came courtesy of another Lionel Messi masterclass, with the Argentine opening the scoring before playing huge parts in Barca’s two subsequent goals that came through Neymar and Alcacer in the closing stages of first half.