'Nothing has changed' – Luis Enrique confirms intention to leave Barcelona despite historic win over PSG

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insists he will still leave the club at the end of the season despite his team’s miracle comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The Asturian claims the 6-1 last 16 victory, overturning the 4-0 first leg deficit, could actually prove a “handicap” for his team in La Liga and will not change his future.

At the start of March Luis Enrique declared he would leave Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer and his decision has provoked a change in fortune for the team, who have won their last three games scoring at least five goals each time.

“I have not left my home, I have not had any contact with fans,” he explained, when asked about supporters wanting him to stay.

The Barca chief has not allowed the midweek heroics to alter his plan
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Luis Enrique congratulates Sergi Roberto
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“Nothing has changed [regarding my future]. It would be a bit daft to change something based on what happens in 90 minutes… or 95.”

Sergi Roberto’s 95th minute goal against PSG on Wednesday night saw Barcelona qualify for the next round, against all odds.

“Without doubt it’s a handicap to assess,” he explained, when questioned about the danger of his team relaxing.

“But I have faith in the common sense and wisdom of my players, to understand that we are in the final stages of the season and there is a lot do decide.

“There are a lot of opponents who want the titles, like we do. We have a beastly April coming up, nine games, and everything is still to be resolved.”

Luis Enrique celebrates Sergi Roberto’s incredible winner
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Barcelona take on Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday at the Riazor in Galicia, looking to go four points clear of Real Madrid before Los Blancos host Real Betis in the evening.

Luis Enrique is aware of the threat they pose under new coach Pepe Mel.

“I’m only focused on Deportivo,” he added. “It will be a difficult game.

As if to emphasise his feelings that nothing has changed after Barcelona’s Champions League success, he lashed out at the media as he is accustomed to doing.

Asked if he was surprised by anything he had read in the press after the PSG comeback, Lucho replied: “Is that a joke? You know already that I am not interested in what you write or say, not when we win nor when we lose. I don’t look at it, it’s not my job.”

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