Barcelona president holds disaster talks with Quique Setien after La Liga failure

Barcelona president holds disaster talks with Quique Setien after La Liga failure

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu held disaster talks with coach Quique Setien on Friday with the team in a fragile scenario after shedding La Liga to Actual Madrid, sources have confirmed to Football4cast.

Mundo Deportivo have been the primary to report the assembly.

Barca captain Lionel Messi’s criticism of the team, branding it “inconsistent” and “weak” whereas stating the necessity to “change lots” following Thursday’s 2-1 dwelling defeat to Osasuna, a outcome that allowed Actual Madrid to clinch their 34th league crown with a sport to spare, appeared to be directed at Setien.

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Setien stated after the encounter that he’s “hopeful” of guiding Barca in subsequent month’s Champions League however admitted he “would not know” if he’ll nonetheless be in cost by then.

Requested if he believed he can be teaching Barca within the Champions League spherical of 16 return leg in opposition to Napoli on Aug. 8, Setien informed reporters: “I hope so however I do not know. I agree with him [Messi] with respect to a couple issues.

“Now we have to be self-critical. I really feel succesful [of turning things around] however the self-criticism needs to be carried out by everybody.

“We could have time to relaxation and the team will arrive recent to face the competitors with optimism. I am positive we can be a special team. We are going to face this competitors [Champions League] with the utmost ensures.”

Membership sources have informed Football4cast that Bartomeu has requested a gathering as he desires to get suggestions from Setien concerning the team’s present scenario.

The identical sources admit that whereas Setien has a “excellent data of football,” they recognise the coach has made “errors” in managing the return of Luis Suarez to the team from damage and benching Antoine Griezmann in a number of video games.



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Sources from the Barca altering room declare the job is “too huge” for Setien and that when he “tried to impose one thing, it was too late. At instances it seems like he desires to be sacked.”

Bartomeu doesn’t wish to make rushed selections and his transfer to sack Ernesto Valverde in January following defeat to Atletico Madrid within the Spanish Tremendous Cup semifinal was not favored by the team, together with Messi.

Setien, 61, is tied to Barca till June 2022, with an opt-out clause in 2021 if the membership doesn’t need him to proceed.

He accepted duty for Thursday’s shock loss.

“I am the coach and the one who’s accountable [for the defeat],” he stated. “However we took 10 nook kicks and had we scored certainly one of them, we might not have misplaced the sport. Now we have to be demanding and there are issues to enhance. Many issues are going to be robust, together with the Champions [League], however we’ve got improved on many different issues.”

Actual Madrid received 10 straight league video games, together with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Villarreal, en path to clinching the title, whereas Barca dropped 9 factors after La Liga restarted in mid-June following the coronavirus pandemic.

“You’ll be able to’t burn every little thing, we have accomplished some good issues,” Setien stated. “It was simply to not be and that is a part of sport.”

Setien’s appointment in January following Valverde’s sacking had already taken followers unexpectedly contemplating the Spaniard’s largest profession achievement was guiding Betis to a sixth-placed end within the 2017-18 marketing campaign.

Bartomeu handed Setien a vote of confidence earlier this week when he stated he anticipated the coach “to proceed in cost subsequent season.”

Barca finish La Liga at Alaves on Sunday.

Reviews that Barca may promote reserves coach Francesc Xavier Garcia Pimienta rather than Setien is unlikely as he’s “not the profile they’re searching for,” in line with membership sources.

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