Luis Enrique is set to leave a mixed legacy when he departs Barcelona but the coach can go out on a high by lifting a third consecutive King’s Cup when his side meet Alaves in Saturday’s final in Madrid.
The former Barca midfielder enjoyed a dream start to life in the Nou Camp dugout, winning the treble in his first season and a league and cup double in his second.
The cup final, which will be the last competitive game at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium, is their last chance to salvage a season in which they surrendered the title to Real Madrid and fell out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals, suffering a resounding 3-0 aggregate defeat to Juventus.
Enrique’s side are strong favourites to win the final, however, which would deliver a ninth trophy overall for him as Barca coach.
Alaves, coached by a former Barca teammate of Luis Enrique’s in Mauricio Pellegrino, spent the season’s first half hovering above relegation places but ended the campaign strongly, winning three of their final four games to finish ninth in the table.