Luis Enrique offers rose-tinted end-of-season evaluation for Barcelona after Copa del Rey triumph

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Despite losing in the Champions League quarter-final, Luis Enrique has insisted that he is happy with Barcelona‘s season.

“Our season can only be considered positive, we have won four of six titles,” the coach insisted, speaking to the media after Barca’s Copa del Rey final victory against Sevilla on Sunday evening [as per the club’s official website].

“The best part of the season is winning titles,” Enrique continued. “They are always difficult moments for the team.”

Enrique continued to compare his 2015-16 campaign with his maiden season in charge after taking the hotseat at the Nou Camp.

“This year was easier than my first,” he added. “The first was special and people have to get used to you. This second year the dynamic was more favourable, more positive, and more relaxed.”

Indeed, despite Enrique’s comments, it’s hard note to feel that Barca have had an underwhelming campaign, certainly in Europe.

They appeared to be romping to the Liga BBVA title until early April, when a remarkable slum in their form left them clinging onto top spot in the league.

Indeed, the title was only secured on the final day, where they pipped Real Madrid to the crown by one point after winning their last five matches.

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However, while Barca ultimately got over the line domestically, they disappointed in the Champions League, failing to reach the final four after a surprising quarter-final defeat.

The Catalan giants held a 2-1 advantage over Atletico Madrid after the first leg, but were undone by an Antonio Griezmann double and were left frustrated by Diego Simeone’s

“We had a challenge to win everything again,” Enrique concluded, “but, unfortunately, it wasn’t possible.

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“Your opponents have a say as well.”

Barca pulled through against Sevilla, but were unconvincing in the final, drawing 0-0 during 90 minutes before pulling 2-0 ahead in extra time.

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