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"I will be up for the golden cucumber next"-Said Luis enrique

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is unimpressed by his naming alongside the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as a contender for the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year award.

The 45-year-old Spaniard appears on the 10-man shortlist for the prestigious prize but wasn't aware until informed after his side's 2-0 win over BATE Borisov on Tuesday night.

The award is presented alongside the prestigious Ballon d'Or which his injured star Lionel Messi is short-priced favourite to win, but Enrique has little time for such honours.

'The Ballon d'Or? I will be up for the golden cucumber next!' he joked to the press.

'I had no idea. I have got very little or no interest at all in individual awards, and prefer to focus on team trophies.'

Enrique has a strong claim on the award having won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey last year with the Catalan giants.


Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)

Laurent Blanc (Paris Saint-Germain)

Unai Emery (Sevilla FC)

Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich)

Luis Enrique Martínez (FC Barcelona)

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)

Jorge Sampaoli (Chile national team)

Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

His competition includes Premier League-winning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Serie A-winning Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola, who won the Bundesliga.

Also listed is now-sacked Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, PSG's Laurent Blanc, Europa League-winning Sevilla boss Unai Emery, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and coach of the Chile national team, Jorge Sampaoli.

In Enrique's hunt for team prizes, Barca sit third in the Spanish top flight after eight matches, equal on 18 points but behind Real Madrid and Celta Vigo.

Two wins and a draw from their three Champions League ties so far put them three points clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of Group E.



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