(FILES) This file photo taken on February 4, 2017 shows Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique before the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. / AFP / LLUIS GENE
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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique's decision to remove any suspense over his future by confirming he will step down as coach after three trophy-filled but turbulent seasons at the Camp Nou at the end of the campaign was met with surprise Thursday."Goodbye leader," said the front page of Barcelona sport daily Mundo Deportivo in reference to Enrique's announcement coming on the same night Barca overtook Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.Enrique cited the daily grind of the pressure as Barca boss and insisted he needs time to rest.Enrique told the players his decision just minutes before going public at the end of his post-match press conference Wednesday.Only the two greatest coaches in Barca's history -- Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff -- have won more.
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