Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has spoken out after their 6-1 win over Sporting Gijonand will quit his position at the end of the season, saying he needs to rest.

This is Enrique’s third season in charge ,  winning the Champions League in his first year, and to a domestic double last season.

But things aren’t looking good for Barca, following their 4-0 defeat to Paris St-Germain and leaving them at the verge of elimination in the Champions League.

“It is a difficult, measured and well thought-out decision and I think I have to be loyal to what I think,” said Enrique, who will leave at the end of his contract this summer.

“I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have shown in me. It’s been three unforgettable years.

“It’s about how I live with my profession, with a never-ending quest for solutions and to improve my team. That means I have very little time to rest, very few hours to disconnect.

“I think it will be good for me at the end of the season, because I need to rest. That’s the principle motive.

“The most important thing is we have three exciting months left in all three competitions. In one of them, we are in a difficult situation but if the stars align, we will have a chance to turn it around.”

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