Right before making his announcement public, Luis Enrique quickly chatted with the squad to tell his players of his intention after victory over Sporting Gijon.
"The Barcelona squad didn't know Luis Enrique was going to leave," the Croat stated. "First he told us of his decision, then the press, and we hope to end the season successfully and to enjoy what is left.
"I had hoped he would continue [as coach].
"The squad accepts his decision and wishes him well."