Just a few short weeks into the 2016/17 campaign and we may have already witnessed the shock of the season. Barcelona just don’t do this. The oft-infallible Catalan kings do not lose to newly promoted teams. Not at home.
In fact, it is almost six years to the day since the last time the unthinkable happened, the once relevant Paraguayan striker Nelson Haedo Valdez netting twice to condemn Pep Guardiola’s trophy-hoarding team of a generation to the most embarrassing defeat in their recent history.
Now, however, that statement is under threat. In an era where 6-0 home wins are par for the course, you would have got rather long odds on Deportivo Alaves escaping the Camp Nou with their self-esteem intact, let alone with three points. Yet that’s exactly what happened. And the world wants answers from Luis Enrique.
Luis Enrique isn't going to rest a single player ever again is he— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) September 10, 2016
Luis Enrique made probably his biggest managerial mistake by fielding that starting 11 last night.— Engr. E Greg-Chido. (@e_gc88) September 11, 2016
I'm mostly confused as to why Luis Enrique rested players today & not v Celtic. There's a case to be made that Alavés are as good as Celtic.— Euan McTear (@emctear) September 10, 2016
Luis Enrique brought both Messi and Suarez ON after 60th min to change things around and it changed to Barca 1-2 Alaves!#SuperSub— Ahsan Abbasi (@whysoharami) September 11, 2016
In fairness, Enrique held his hands up and accepted responsibility at full time. It makes a pleasant change from lambasting an innocent linesman anyway. Are you listening Mark Hughes?
Luis enrique admits the team lost because of his strategy failure. U have my respect sir !— fik (@Fikri_Zlhzq) September 11, 2016