‘In my opinion, Barca should sack Setien’ – Rivaldo


Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo believes that the Blaugrana should consider sacking Quique Setien before the Champions League gets back underway in August.

The Catalans still have to face Napoli in the second leg of their last-16 tie, with the score currently tied at 1-1 after the first match in Italy.

“There is a real danger of losing to Napoli,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

“As a former Barcelona player and an Azulgrana fan, I’m worried about that game and I think most Cules share that feeling.

“With Barcelona in a bad way, with their spirits affected, without fans and with the Italians throwing their weight around, I think it will be very difficult.

“Now the big issue that Barcelona have on the table is whether there should be a change of coach before the Champions League and, frankly, I think it’s a headache for president [Josep Maria] Bartomeu.


“I think the president should think about it.

“The fans and the press are disenchanted with Setien’s work and his way of playing and that reinforces the idea that a change has to be made right now.”

For Rivaldo, Barcelona should adjust their priorities ahead of this summer’s transfer window and focus on a move for Neymar, not Lautaro Martinez.

“Lautaro Martinez’s release clause has recently expired, so Inter can now ask for more money to sell him and, apparently, they want to extend his contract and keep him at the club,” Rivaldo noted.

“For that reason, I think Barcelona should refocus on signing Neymar this summer.

“According to recent news, Leonardo might now be interested in negotiating the Brazilian star’s move from [Paris Saint-Germain].

“I believe Neymar joining Lionel Messi would help Barcelona become again that sensational team that won many titles several years ago.

“Neymar would be the best possible signing for Barcelona as he will cheer up the squad and give a nice alternative to decide matches, allowing Messi to take a rest occasionally.”

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