As speculation rolls on over the potential appointment of Luis Enrique as the next manager of Barcelona, there is good reason for Chelsea to be concerned about his next game in charge of Celta Vigo.
Celta host Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid this weekend in a match, which could convince Enrique he needs to bolster Barcelona’s defence when he takes over at the Nou Camp.
Real Madrid have the potential to blow Celta Vigo away this weekend with a trio of immense attacking talent in the form of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Frenchman Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid have scored 100 goals, more than any other side in La Liga, while Enrique’s Celta Vigo have conceded 52 goals, the joint worst defensive record with Real Sociedad in the top half of the table.
In short, Real Madrid could blow Celta Vigo away this weekend, convincing Enrique to bolster his Barcelona defence as Real Madrid show off their attacking flair.
The side that suffers? Potentially Chelsea.
Reports have been lingering around this week suggesting that Barcelona have agreed terms with the Brazilian over a five-year contract, with an official agreement between the clubs left to reach.
If the reports over an agreement are accurate then Enrique will more than likely urge the club to do a deal for the Chelsea star as quickly as possible after the World Cup.
Not only could he play well in the centre of a high defensive line at Barcelona, he could also release someone like Javier Mascherano to play a holding midfield role or he could play there himself.
While so much of transfer business is now based around stats and percentages, Sir Alex Ferguson said last season there is still room for a manager to trust his eye and his instincts.
A big win for Real Madrid against Celta Vigo should terrify Enrique at the prospect of what he’ll be faced with competing against at Barcelona next season and that fright could prompt him to push for the signing of one of Chelsea’s most popular players this summer.