18 Jul Barca’s Setien unfazed by Messi outburst, will not resign
Beleaguered Barcelona coach Quique Setien has mentioned he didn’t really feel criticised by Lionel Messi’s outburst after Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Osasuna and insists he has not considered resigning.
Messi branded Barca “inconsistent” and “weak” in an offended postmatch interview after Actual Madrid have been topped La Liga champions for the primary time since 2017.
The ahead additionally mentioned performances since January had been particularly unhealthy. That remark was interpreted by many as a dig at Setien, who changed former coach Ernesto Valverde within the Camp Nou dugout on the flip of the 12 months with the team high of the desk on the time.
“No, by no means,” Setien mentioned in a information convention on Saturday when requested if he felt singled out by Messi. “I believe in sure moments all of us say issues which are interpreted badly. It is the fruit of a second of frustration.”
Messi went on to say that if drastic modifications usually are not made then Barca would lose to Napoli within the Champions League subsequent month because the membership face the prospect of a primary trophy-less season since 2007-08.
“Some issues we agree on and different issues we do not,” Setien added. “[Messi] is correct to say that if we play as badly as now we have accomplished in some video games, we can’t win something.
“However now we have additionally performed effectively in different video games and, taking part in like that, we may win issues. We have now to be extra constant. If we handle to play as we did in opposition to Villarreal, we may win the Champions League.”
Sources advised Football4cast after Barca’s draw with Celta Vigo in June that Setien’s relationship along with his gamers was strained. He admits it has been difficult to regulate a dressing room that has loved a lot success.
“The gamers right here have been profitable every thing for the final 15 years and the administration [of these players] is completely completely different to different teams,” he mentioned. “There have been some conditions which were tough to resolve, however I do not suppose something out of the extraordinary in a dressing room like this one.”
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President Josep Maria Bartomeu is conscious of the fragile relationship between the coach and the gamers, however sources say he does not need to make a snap choice regardless of the growing stress on Setien.
Nevertheless, sources revealed to Football4cast that the Osasuna loss, which ended a 42-game unbeaten streak at Camp Nou in La Liga, led to disaster talks between Bartomeu and Setien on Friday.
“It is regular that there are conferences of this sort,” Setien mentioned, confirming the talks. “We’re all stressed to enhance. We attempt to search for options to vary issues and that is what the assembly was about.”
Requested whether or not the poisonous ambiance had made him take into account his future, Setien responded: “The day I arrived I mentioned I used to be going to take pleasure in myself till the final day. I’m nonetheless having fun with myself regardless of the circumstances — I by no means thought it might be straightforward.
“I’m not experiencing something I have never skilled earlier than. At no second have I felt that I wished to go away.”
Barca conclude the La Liga season at Alaves on Sunday. As a consequence of accidents and suspensions, they’ve simply 16 gamers out there for the sport, together with 4 B team gamers and three goalkeepers.
The squad will then have every week off earlier than returning to organize for the second leg of the round-of-16 tie with Napoli within the Champions League at Camp Nou on Aug. 8. The primary leg ended 1-1 in Italy in February.