15 Aug Barcelona set to sack supervisor Quique Setien in coming days
Quique Setien’s tenure as Barcelona coach is ready to return to an finish within the coming days following Friday’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League exit by the hands of Bayern Munich, in accordance with Football4cast sources.
Barca have been chasing their first Champions League triumph since 2015 however, having already missed out on the La Liga title, have been ruthlessly uncovered by Bayern as they suffered their greatest ever European defeat.
The Champions League was Barca’s final probability of silverware this season after they missed out on La Liga to Actual Madrid final month, however defeat means a primary trophy-less season at Camp Nou since since 2007-08.
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The loss was the ultimate nail in Setien’s coffin, however sources have informed Football4cast that the choice to exchange the coach had already been taken previous to the Bayern recreation.
Football4cast reported on Friday that the overriding feeling among the many Barca hierarchy is that Setien, employed in January, has didn’t win the dressing room due to his comparatively restricted achievements as each a participant and a coach.
Barca need their subsequent appointment to be a reputation that garners fast respect among the many gamers, with Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Xavi Hernandez among the many early entrance runners for the function.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed adjustments will likely be coming after defender Gerard Pique known as for a rebuild from prime to backside following the “unacceptable” efficiency in opposition to Bayern, however he would not remark on Setien’s future.
“Now we have already made some choices, however I’m not going to say what they’re now,” Bartomeu informed reporters. “Now will not be the time. It’s time to mirror.”
Requested if he feared for his job, Setien informed a information convention: “It’s too quickly to say if I’m going to proceed or not. It doesn’t rely on me.”
Setien, 61, went into the Bayern recreation below intense stress after lacking out on La Liga to Actual Madrid final month.
The connection between the coach and a number of the gamers started to unravel throughout the remaining weeks of the season because the title slipped away.
Sources informed Football4cast after the 2-2 draw in opposition to Celta Vigo that some members of the squad didn’t click on with Setien or his assistant Eder Sarabia from day one.
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Lionel Messi’s feedback after a defeat to Osasuna in July that Barca have been “weak” and “inconsistent” since January have been taken as a criticism of Setien.
Nevertheless, the 2 held clear-the-air talks and the gamers and training workers all pulled collectively to organize for final weekend’s win over Napoli.
Regardless of beating Napoli to make the ultimate eight in Portugal, although, sources informed Football4cast that even beating Bayern and going on to succeed in the Champions League remaining wouldn’t have saved Setien.
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Setien had solely changed Ernesto Valverde in January, taking on a aspect that had simply been knocked out of the Spanish Supercopa however that was prime of La Liga and nonetheless within the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
Defeat to Athletic Bilbao, although, quickly ended Barca’s hopes of showing in a seventh successive home cup remaining and a failure to beat Madrid to the league title left them on the brink of a trophy-less season.
Barca had held a two-point lead when the league resumed in June following the lockdown in Spain attributable to the coronavirus pandemic however dropped factors in opposition to Celta, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Osasuna noticed them overtaken by Madrid.
Setien had been introduced in with the goal of restoring the essence of Barca’s footballing philosophy, however sources informed Football4cast that a number of members of the membership’s hierarchy really feel he even failed to do this.
The previous Actual Betis coach might argue he wasn’t dealt the perfect hand. Poor squad planning meant Barca needed to make the emergency signing of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes in January to make up the numbers and for a number of post-lockdown video games they’ve solely had 14 first-team gamers obtainable.
A supply informed Football4cast that the issues run deeper than Setien however he would be the first casualty of Barca’s barren season.