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Bartomeu confirms ‘ Setien is Sacked’

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It was widely expected that Quique Setien had coached his last game for Barcelona and the Catalan club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the coach won’t be staying on.

After having a meeting with Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes on Sunday, Bartomeu admitted this to a reporter for Spanish radio.

“He’s out,” the president told journalist Victor Navarro, as Navarro explained for the Cadena Cope radio station.

An official club announcement is expected soon, with Ronald Koeman the frontrunner to take over.

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Farewell Setien: But not only him will have to leave

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Barcelona were humbled in the Champions League as they went down 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the quarter finals.

It’s a defeat that is surely worse than the humiliations at the Stadio Olimpico and Anfield of recent years and one that will certainly have major implications for those involved.

Quique Setien’s time is almost certainly up at the Camp Nou, while much of the responsibility lies at the feet of the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and his board.

For the fourth season in a row, Barcelona were on the wrong end of a thrashing in the Champions League.

After Juventus, Roma, Liverpool and now Bayern, the futures of those involved are up in the air.

More experienced players like Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal were there for all four, while the likes of Sergi Roberto, Nelson Semedo and Clement Lenglet will see their reputations hurt by this latest loss.

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Lionel Messi said that Barcelona weren’t good enough to win the Champions League.

He was right in that sense but, playing like that, the Blaugrana weren’t even contenders.

Barcelona can no longer rely on just Messi to beat teams like Bayern, while his form this season hasn’t been up to his high, high standards.

Hansi Flick’s men are now the favourites to win this season’s Champions League.

The ease with which they dispatched Chelsea was bettered with their battering of Barcelona.

After league and cup success in Germany, the treble awaits.

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Serge Gnabry was a constant menace for the Barcelona defence.

His dribbling, passing and shoot caused all sorts of problems for the Catalans, not to mention his pace and directness.

A manic first half an hour saw a total of five goals scored and Bayern race into a 4-1 lead.

Thomas Muller, Ivan Perisic, Gnabry and Muller again put the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while David Alaba found his own net.

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Barca already identify Pochettino as Setien’s replacement

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Mauricio Pochettino is now the main candidate to replace Quique Setien at Barcelona, according to reports.

Setien could only watch on as his Barca side suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final and the club look ready to sack him.

And according to Catalan Radio station RAC1, former Tottenham manager Pochettino is top of the list to takeover after having dinner with club president Josep Bartomeu earlier this week.

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Final Decision: Sack Setien!

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Barcelona boss Quique Setien has been sacked after his side suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The 61-year-old has lasted just seven months in the job is expected to be relieved of his duties on Friday evening, according to Sky Sport Italia.

At full time Setien told reporters: ‘Right now we feel enormous frustration and all we can do is make conclusions and think about the future.

‘Barca is a club that is so great that this will cause us a lot of damage and obviously some things will have to change.

‘The truth is this is a tremendously painful defeat.’

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Setien delivers shocking answer on who the best is; ‘Messi or Lewandowski’

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Quique Setien believes Robert Lewandowski is among the best players in the world but refuted claims that the Polish striker is as good as Leo Messi.

Barcelona are set to face Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League on Friday, and much of the pre-match talk surrounds each side’s top goalscorers.

“[Lewandowski] is a great player, but I think he is not at Leo’s level,” he said during his press conference.

“I think that is clear. It is true that he is in great form and that he is very well assisted by many teammates around him.

“He is in great shape, but Leo is as well, as we already saw against Napoli.

“It’s good that these players will be on the field and we can enjoy them.”

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Beyond Lewandowski, Bayern are currently in flying form and Setien appears to be well aware of it.

“We know the potential of the opponents,” he stated.

“We will try to minimise their strengths. They are potentially extraordinary, but so are we.

“I think it will be an even game, with alternatives for both. We have a lot to say in this game.”

It has been suggested that Barcelona could line up with an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation but Setien wasn’t keen on giving too much away.

“We have considered many things, but we will not be able to see them until tomorrow,” he said.

“Perhaps the formation is not so important. We are clear about the talent and speed that this team [Bayern] has, especially in attack.

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“When they have the ball, we will have no choice but to defend. However, I think it will always be better to try to keep the ball and hurt them as much as possible.”

“We are concerned about many aspects because they are capable of retreating and defending.

“It remains to be seen if we can get out of that press. I think it will be a game with alternatives. There will not be a clear dominator.

“The team that takes their chances will be the one who goes through. I expect a fairly close tie.”

Asked if Messi will be the one to carry Barcelona through.

“He can help, but I believe in the strength of the team,” he said.

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“Leo must also be assisted. He can create goals, but without the strength of the team, Leo would be less effective, like any other player.”

Ousmane Dembele has been training with his teammates over the course of the past week, giving hope that he could feature.

“It is satisfying to have Dembele already in the squad,” Setien stated.

“He will be able to participate if we consider it appropriate.

“He has gone almost a year without playing, but we hold hope that he can participate and do so in a good way.”

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Setien makes new shocking UCL Signing

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Barcelona will head to Lisbon on Thursday morning with their minds focused on winning the Champions League and overcoming the struggles they’ve had since 2015.

Martin Braithwaite, who isn’t registered for the competition, and Samuel Umtiti are expected to be the only two players not called up by Quique Setien in his squad announcement on Wednesday.

A lot of excitement surrounds Ousmane Dembele though, who is expected to be on the list.

The Frenchman has already completed a number of training sessions with his teammates and will feel like a new signing to Setien in Lisbon.

Setien had considered calling him up for the game against Napoli on Saturday, but he was of the belief that the last 16 game came just too early for the forward.

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“I’m sure that if we take him to Lisbon he’ll train with us and then we can see if he can play,” Setien said after explaining his decision to leave him out against Napoli before going on to praise his work rate.

The 2019/20 season so far has been non-existent for Dembele, playing just five times in LaLiga Santander and four in the Champions League without making an appearance since November 27.

Now, Dembele will have the chance to regain his confidence and try, at last, to move beyond his persistent injury problems.

Taking on Bayern Munich won’t be easy for Barcelona though, and they’ll be hoping that the Frenchman can help them pull off what would be something of an upset.

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To secure Barca stay, Setien needs to defeat Napoli

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It’s been 13 years since Barcelona failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. The last time it happened the coach survived. The same thing is unlikely to happen if they are knocked out by Napoli on Saturday night.

Frank Rijkaard’s team was eliminated at the last-16 stage by Liverpool in 2007 but the Dutch coach had delivered the league and Champions League in 2006 and kept his job for one more season. Quique Setien has no credit in the bank and will depart if Barca fail to get past Napoli.

He knows it, although he smiled at the question in Friday’s press conference saying: ‘I knew you were going to ask me that one. At no time has the thought entered my mind that this will be my last game.’

Sergio Busquets was slightly more vague when he said: ‘It’s not a decision the players will take. We have to concentrate on what happens on the pitch and if Setien continues then that is a good sign for everyone because it will mean we have done well and, why not, even have won the tournament.’

There is money at stake too, lots of it, and at a time when Barcelona need every financial injection they can get.

Based on last year’s payments the difference between winning the final and getting knocked out at the round of 16 stage can be as much as 43m (£38.9m) euros. There was a 10.5m (£9.4m) euros prize for reaching last season’s quarter-finals, 12m (£10.8m) for reaching the semis, 15m (£13.5m) for reaching the final, 4m (£3.6m) for winning it, and a further 3.5m (£3.1m) for competing in the subsequent European Super Cup.

Avoiding the soap opera of looking for the club’s second new coach inside nine months, and missing out on the kind of money that would enable them to buy half of Lautaro Martinez (it’s a start) makes this the biggest game the club has faced for a long time.

They don’t usually fail at home in this competition – they are on a run of 35 games at the Nou Camp without losing. Not since they were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in 2013 have they lost at home in Europe. But there will be no supporters in the Catalan cathedral of football this time and that is not the only thing making them slightly nervous.

Barcelona’s midfield is three men down. Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets are suspended and Arthur Melo, sold to Juventus although still available for Barcelona, will take no part.

Setien will have to patch together a midfield made up of Frenkie De Jong, Ivan Rakitic and 20-year-old Riqui Puig.

That will put the emphasis more than ever on the forward line. Lionel Messi tends to score in the round of 16. He has 19 goals in 14 games and as ever Barcelona will need him to be at his best.

This will be his 142nd game in the competition taking him past Ryan Giggs and level with Raul. He still has three players in front of him but Xavi (151), Cristiano Ronaldo (169) and Iker Casillas (177) are all in his sights.

This is the competition that for two seasons now he has pinpointed as the priority. Barcelona need him to be at his best and for Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann to be 100 per cent alongside him.

Griezmann, whose first leg away goal gives Barcelona the slight edge, knows a big performance will also save his own first campaign at the club.

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He has endured a tough first year with criticism that he has not repaid the 120 million euros (£108m) spent on him last summer. Much of that criticism has been harsh. His goal against Napoli in February was one of 15 he managed in his first campaign and not only does that tally match Neymar’s in his first season at the club but it also leaves Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard in the shade. The forward, signed from Chelsea last summer, has only scored once.

Griezmann may not have hit the heights he reached at Atletico Madrid where he scored 21 goals in his last season under Diego Simeone, 29, 26 and 32 in the three previous campaigns, but he has scored important goals. One on Saturday night would be another in an awkward first season marred by the struggle to get on Messi’s wavelength.

Griezmann’s team-mate Suarez, with whom the Frenchman has developed a friendship off the pitch to the point where Suarez published on social media: ‘Always positive and always looking forward’, in support of Griezmann, will also be a crucial cog.

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Suarez rushed back from knee surgery to compete in the run-in. He hobbled off into a mini-break as soon as Real Madrid were crowned champions. Now the test will be to see if he comes back at his best.

If he doesn’t then with Martin Braithwaite unavailable having only been registered for La Liga it will be the 17-year-old striker Ansu Fati who Setien has to turn to.

Whether it’s the youngest Champions League goalscorer in the competition’s history (17 years and 10 days when he scored against Inter in December), the old fox Suarez, the eternally questioned Griezmann, or Mr. Reliable Messi, coach Setien will not care.

He just needs his team to get over the line (having drawn the first leg 1-1) and into the final eight in Lisbon so he can prolong his spell in charge of Barcelona and keep alive the club’s hopes of boosting the finances and saving the season.

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Solutions to Barca’s problem as illustrated by setien

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Quique Setien will be in the job at Barcelona for the rest of the 2019/20 season and he will therefore oversee their Champions League duties.

Despite coming under pressure after losing out on LaLiga Santander, the coach has managed to keep hold of his job… for now.

What happens next will largely depend on their Champions League fate and how they fare, firstly, against Napoli.

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In order to do well on the continent, Setien has to polish off a number of problems in his team.

Find chemistry


It’s clear that Barcelona have internal problems.

Sparks have flown, darts have been thrown and there’s talk that things aren’t right with Lionel Messi.

If they are to do anything in Europe, the Catalans need to rediscover their team spirit or Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli will knock them out.

Sort out the defence


Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been a huge player this season, which shows that Barcelona have problems at the back.

Gerard Pique has been reliable, but nobody else has shown enough consistency.

Nelson Semedo, Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba all need to step up.

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Problems in midfield


Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal are suspended against Napoli, while Arthur Melo’s problems are well documented ahead of his move to Juventus.

Ivan Rakitic, Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto will have to deliver, while Riqui Puig could even be turned to.

The system


Since football’s return, Setien has tried and tested a number of systems, most likely looking ahead to August 8.

The 4-4-2 left the best impression, using a narrow diamond in midfield against Villarreal.

Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati


The youngsters have shown promise and have earned a place in the coach’s plans.

But delivering in the Champions League’s knockout rounds is a different challenge.

Recover Griezmann


Antoine Griezmann has had a strange season so far and if he was replicating his Atletico Madrid form, Barcelona would be a more serious contender.

He’ll be ready in time, just back from an injury, and he’ll have to hit the ground running.

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‘My relationship with Xavi is intact but setien is the players coach’ – Bartomeu

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Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Quique Setien should be Barcelona’s coach for next season.

The Blaugrana president also dismissed rumours that linked Xavi Hernandez with the coach’s role, but stressed that he maintains a good relationship with the current Al Sadd tactician.

“Xavi is a player with whom I have an excellent relationship,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“But Quique Setien currently has a contract with Barcelona and still has a contract for next year

“We have always said that Quique Setien is our coach and he will guide us in this Champions League, which is our great hope.

“Napoli is the first step, and then he’ll continue in the following season.”

Lionel Messi has reportedly halted talks about his contract renewal, but Bartomeu is confident that the Barcelona captain will continue at the club for many years.

“Messi has said it many times,” he added.

“He has said that he will retire at Barcelona, at the club of his life.

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“And I have no doubt that Messi will play much further than 2021, which is when his contract ends.”

Neymar and Lautaro Martinez have both been linked with a move to Barcelona, but Bartomeu pointed out that swap deals are the only way the club can sign a player for the time being.

“I have said before that the coronavirus pandemic has affected many projects and strategies,” he noted.

“If players do not come on a swap deal, it is almost impossible for the club to sign players.

“We have spoken with Inter, quite a few weeks ago.

“Currently there is no open conversation, the topic is halted.”

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Messi tells Barcelona to replace Setien with Biesla

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Lionel Messi has reportedly urged Barcelona to make a sensational move to prize Marcelo Bielsa away from Leeds United and become the new manager at the Nou Camp.

Barca are in a state of turmoil off the pitch after a tough season which has ramped up the pressure on current manager Quique Setien, who only took over at the club in January.

Despite leading Leeds to promotion back to the Premier League, Bielsa’s current contract is set to expire this week and is yet to agree a new one with the Yorkshire club.

And Messi wants the Catalan giants to go all out to convince the fellow Argentinian to leave England and take over at Barca, according to the Sun.

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Messi was furious with his team after they surrendered the title with a defeat against Osasuna, labelling them ‘weak and erratic’.

The report indicates Messi believes Bielsa is the man Barca desperately need to sort out the issues they have suffered from on and off the pitch this season.

The 64-year-old has worked wonders at Leeds since taking over in 2018, implementing a dominant, expansive style of play well suited to Barca’s philosophy.

Leeds missed out on promotion via the play-offs in his first season but were able to secure the move back to the promise land as champions this term.

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In a difficult season for Barca, they have seen the LaLiga title wrestled off them by bitter rivals Real Madrid while mounting financial issues means they may have to sell key players.

There is also an increasingly strained relationship with Messi and club president Josep Bartomeu with the controversial chief publicly criticising and blaming players for various problems throughout the season.

There is the added distraction of the race to become the new president, with a return for Joan Laporta a possibility.

Club legend Xavi has also been linked with a move to replace Setien as boss, though he is believed to be unconvinced by the amount of issues going on at the club.

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Barca’s outreach for reliable coach: Blanc to replace Setien

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Former France coach Laurent Blanc is one of the options being looked at by Barcelona to replace Quique Setien in the summer.

The Spaniard’s role is under threat after missing out on LaLiga Santander and the Catalans are considering alternatives, particularly if the club fails to land the Champions League.

According to L’Equipe, Blanc is a target, with sporting director Eric Abidal supporting the move.

The newspaper also maintains that Blanc is very much interested in the role after being out of the game since 2016 when he left his role as coach of Paris Saint-Germain.

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Abidal knows Blanc well as he worked under him between 2010 and 2012 with the French national team, and is familiar with his possession-based style of play which would suit Barcelona well.

Since leaving PSG, Blanc has knocked back several offers, including from Sevilla and Galatasaray in 2017, but at the age of 54 is keen to get back in to the game.

Blanc would be prepared to sign a one-year deal and would want to bring in his assistant Frank Passi alongside him.

He isn’t the only candidate however, with the French paper also reporting that Ronald Koeman is in the running and is the preferred target of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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Legends eager to see Kluivert take over Setien

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Barcelona’s dressing room want former player Patrick Kluivert as their new manager according to Mundo Deportivo.

The club’s current head coach Quique Setien is under increasing pressure having handed the LaLiga title to arch rivals Real Madrid.

Kluivert, who scored 122 goals in 256 games for Barcelona as a player, is currently their academy director.

After the former Netherlands international hung up his boots, he became an assistant coach at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and NEC Nijmegen.

He then moved on to become head coach of the FC Twente’s reserve side and won the reserves league with them.

Kluivert then went on to become Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager for the Netherlands national team and helped them finish third at the 2014 World Cup.

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From there he became the head coach of the Curacao national team before taking over Ajax’s under-19 side where he coached his son, Justin.

He then became Paris Saint-Germain’s director of football and left them shortly before Neymar signed for the Ligue 1 giants for £200million.

He has been the Barcelona academy director since July 2019 and the Barcelona dressing room is is very appreciative of him.

The Barcelona players believe he understands the club’s model and believe he can give give the team what Messi is demanding – intensity and character.

Kluivert is believed to have helped talented youngster Ansu Fati become integrated into the first team.

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Messi wants Setien to be replaced at Camp nou

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The Catalan press are united in their belief that the Barcelona manager has lost the dressing room but will be given a chance in the Champions League.

Quique Setién’s short and turbulent reign as Barcelona manager appears to be coming to an end after Barcelona surrendered their Liga defence to Real Madrid and both Luis Suárez and Leo Messi spoke out about the Camp Nou side’s shortcomings this season.

The Catalan press are united in their belief that Setién is on his way out of Barcelona just six months after replacing Ernesto Valverde. The former coach faced criticism for the side’s style of play but he did deliver titles. Setién’s Barça have gone backwards despite the former boss being brought in due to his tactical reputation and adherence to the Johan Cruyff blueprint for how the team should perform. The 2-1 home defeat against Osasuna provided the last straw for many, including Messi.

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Champions League last chance for Setién redemption
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has held several meetings with Setién and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will be in charge when the 2020-21 season kicks off. He will, it seems, be handed the chance for redemption in the Champions League but that is largely because of the difficulty in finding a replacement at such short notice. If Setién delivers a first European triumph in five years the panorama may change and he will be on the bench when Barcelona play Napoli in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, which is poised at 1-1.

However, Barcelona have been drawn in the tougher section of the knock-out stages and could face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals with the prospect of either Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid or Lyon in the semis.

Should Setién guide Barça past that daunting prospect all may be forgiven but as it stands the former Betis boss’ time at Camp Nou appears to nearing the 11th hour.

As one Catalan daily put it simply on Saturday’s front page: “No league and no football.”

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Setien will continue as Barca coach for now – Bartomeu

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien will stay in his job for the time being after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Friday evening.

Setien is under pressure after Barca lost 2-1 at home to Osasuna on Thursday night and fierce rivals Real Madrid claimed the title with one round still left in LaLiga.

Captain Lionel Messi gave a furious post-match interview at Camp Nou in which he called for change ahead of the Champions League next month and Bartomeu met with Setien on Friday to discuss his future.

Following those talks, Standard Sport understands Setien was told he will remain in charge for the Champions League in August, with Barca in action at home to Napoli in the teams’ last-16 second leg at Camp Nou and a possible quarter-final clash against Bayern Munich ahead after that.

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Barca face Alaves away from home in LaLiga on Sunday and will train on Monday and Tuesday, before taking five days off ahead of their European fixture.


The board hope Barca’s players and technical staff will benefit from the break and are reluctant to change coach again after already replacing Ernesto Valverde with Setien in January.

Messi had said Barcelona would need to ‘change a lot’ if they are to challenge for the Champions League, but with the competition less than three weeks away, there is little time to adapt to the ideas of another coach.


“I think Setien should continue,” Barcelona legend Carles Rexach said on Friday. “When you change the coach in the middle of the season, it’s terrible for the team.”

On Sunday at Alaves, Setien’s side have nothing to play for in terms of points or objectives in LaLiga, but the coach’s short-term future could depend on the team’s performance at Mendizorrotza.

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

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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.

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“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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Setien admits he’s unsure if he’ll still be Barca coach for Napoli’s clash

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Quique Setien admits he is not sure whether he will be in charge for Barcelona’s clash against Napoli in the Champions League next month.

The Barca boss was speaking after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Osasuna, on the same night the Catalans relinquished the LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi brandished the side ‘erratic and weak’ after the game, and Setien agreed with Messi’s comments about the side’s performance and need to re-evaluate, before the Napoli clash on August 8.

‘I am responsible for our situation, as I am the manager of the team,’ Setien said, as per quotes from Spanish outlet Marca.

‘I hope we will face the Champions League this summer as a different team, but I am not sure about what happens next for me.

‘I agree with the post match comments from Lionel Messi about self-criticism, and we must look at ourselves in the coming weeks.’

In a rare post-match TV interview, Messi said after the defeat at the Camp Nou: ‘This game represents the entire year. We have been an erratic and weak team.

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‘Madrid did its part by winning all its matches, which is impressive, but we also helped them to win this league. We have to be critical of how we have played, starting with the players, and the rest of the club.

‘We have lost because of our mistakes and not because of Madrid’s successes, as many say.

‘The feeling on this team is that it tries, but that it cannot get the job done. Today in the first half they were better than we were and it seems we have to fall behind to react like we tried to do in the second half.’

In a nod towards under-pressure manager Setien, Messi added: ‘We are going to have to change a lot if we want to do something…’

Former Real Betis coach Setien only took over from sacked Ernesto Valverde in January.

Barca went into the coronavirus lockdown two points clear of Madrid at the top of the table, with 11 games to go.

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But while Madrid have reeled off 10 straight wins to win the title, Barca have dropped points consistently and Thursday night’s loss was their first at home in LaLiga since November 2018.

But they must now shift focus to Europe ahead of the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Napoli, following a 1-1 draw in February’s first-leg.

‘I said it some time ago, that playing like this we had no chance of winning the Champions League, and it turns out we didn’t even have enough to win LaLiga,’ Messi boldly stated.

‘We need to take a breather, let some air in, and clean out minds of all that has happened since December. Playing like this we will lose against Napoli.

‘We have to start from zero in the Champions League and blame ourselves for what went wrong.’

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‘It’s not my fault Barcelona is Fumbling’ – Setien

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Quique Setien took over a Barcelona side that were top of LaLiga Santander in January, but now Real Madrid are set to win the title and the new coach was asked how much blame he’ll assume if the Blaugrana do finish in second place.

He admitted that he must take some of the blame, but also pointed to Real Madrid’s incredible run of nine consecutive victories as a key factor.

“I take some share of the responsibility for this, but not all of it,” he said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“I believe that coaches are always quick to be blamed.

“I don’t believe that we have done too badly by drawing three games.

“I’d give Real Madrid more credit for winning every game since the restart.”

Setien did admit that the lack of squad depth may have cost his side since the restart.

“We are lacking freshness,” he said.

“Opponents like Real Valladolid and Osasuna have rotated a lot and we have not been able to do so.”

“Losing [Frenkie] de Jong has also hit us hard as he plays in a key position.”

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The coach did, though, dismiss the notion that Lionel Messi is looking tired or out of form.

“It is true that there may be some records he hasn’t achieved this year, but we all know who Messi is,” he said.

“If he is not scoring goals then he is assisting.”

Finally, Setien said that Barcelona will keep going, even if Luis Suarez seemed pessimistic with recent comments that he made.

“That is his opinion,” Setien said.

“It isn’t a lost cause yet as anything could happen, but it looks a difficult prospect.

“The team that has won every game since the restart has to lose, but we will fight until the end.

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Since arriving at Barcelona, Quique Setien has worked on several tactical setups with his side to prepare them the best he can for both their LaLiga Santander and Champions League campaigns.

With their new coach, the Catalan side have tried to surprise opposition by using three distinct formations, moving away from the usual 4-3-3 deployed by former coach Ernesto Valverde.

Setien opted for a 3-5-2 against Valladolid on Saturday, and the full-backs Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo provided defensive cover which was something missing in previous games.

This system was used to catch the opponent on the counter attack, and isn’t the first time Setien has changed things up to swing things in his team’s favour.

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Against Villareal, the Barcelona coach opted for a traditional 4-4-2, which lead to one of Barcelona’s best performances of the season.

This formation made it easier to fit in the trio of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann, and allowed the team to play with more fluidity which is particularly effective against teams who allow their opponents a bit more space.

The Cantabrian coach didn’t have much time to impose his philosophy on his squad before the coronavirus break, and although the pause did give time to work on some tactical ideas, he hasn’t been given a good opportunity to work with his team on the training pitch.

Setien has drawn up and implemented these tactical systems in record time, and all he’s worked on will be put to the test in the two remaining LaLiga Santander fixtures and the Champions League which begins in August.

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Bartomeu claims that Setien will coach Barcelona next season in an interview with RAC1.

“Setien will continue to coach Barca and I am happy with the evolution of the team.” said Bartomeu.

“I have not considered resigning. On the contrary, it is time to get ready and work hard.

“Leo has said many times that he wants to retire at Barça. I have no doubt that he will retire at Barça. And not with me, but with another president.

“It’s evident that we have an obligation to renew Messi, the best player in history. He has many years of football left.

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“I don’t know if I3Ventures had clients who were campaigning against independence. They did a job for Barcelona and did it well. There is still work to be done.

“No one has given any instructions to defame anyone. And the audit says that very clearly. The players know that. The report is very clear.

“Many of them [defamatory tweets] are fakes. It is very difficult to know who is behind it. I wish there was a regulation. I think the authorities should go one step further. But it has become clear here that Barça have not done anything wrong.

“”I’m very much in favor of the VAR and the club are as well, but today it seems to me that the application of the VAR isn’t fair and that it’s even less so since the return of football.”

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“I don’t feel insecure’ Setien on his future at Barcelona

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Quique Setien was in no mood to speculate about his future after Barcelona’s latest slip up against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The Catalans drew for the third time in four games, giving Real Madrid a huge advantage in the title race ahead of their game against Getafe.

“I don’t feel at all under threat,” Setien said afterwards when asked about his position.

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Looking at the result and game as a whole, Setien acknowledged that his side are struggling.

“It’s a shame,” he reflected, “we’re having more and more difficulties.

“Leaving these points behind means we’re moving further away from the title.

“But we have to keep working and Atletico are a good team.”

Riqui Puig was given a start at the Camp Nou as Setien sought to surprise Diego Simeone.

“We tried to do some different things,’ he explained.

“We thought we would benefit.

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“Atletico defend very well, close the space and commit you.”

Even despite dropping points again, Setien wasn’t overly disappointed with his players’ performances.

“I’m quite happy with them,” he said.

“It’s true that we haven’t been able to win, but at times we controlled the game well.

“It’s not easy against this team. They’re disciplined.

“I’m quite happy with my players’ work.

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Barcelona players turns against Setien -Sources

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Barcelona manager Quique Setien’s relationship with his players is already showing signs of straining, with various sources having told NobleSports they didn’t click from day one.


Barca led La Liga in January when Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked after the Spanish Supercopa defeat to Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia. However, Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, coupled with Real Madrid’s win at Espanyol on Sunday, saw them fall two points behind Zinedine Zidane’s side at the top of the table with just six games to be played.At Barca, it’s Messi, Pique who hold power


Setien signed a contract with Barca until 2022 — with a get-out clause in 2021 if the newly elected president does not want him to continue — but results and performances have quickly seen him lose credit with the players and the board of directors.

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Luis Suarez appeared to deflect the blame on to Setien in Vigo on Saturday. Asked to explain Barca’s poor away form, he told the reporter the players were giving everything on the pitch and that “managers are there for a reason.”
On Monday, Setien tried to play down Suarez’s comments in his news conference ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid. He said: “These little controversies will always exist. Everyone has their own way of seeing things. It’s normal.


“I wasn’t an easy player, either. We have to convince the players that the common idea is what’s important. The communication between us is good and I don’t give it any importance.
“When you don’t win, because of an isolated play at a certain moment, like the foul for Celta’s equaliser, everyone sharpens the knives. This is the circus we’re involved in. But the relationship we have with the players is good. It’s true there are sometimes disagreements, but I don’t see any problems worthy of talking about.”


Meanwhile, images over the weekend emerged of Lionel Messi giving Setien’s assistant, Eder Sarabia, the cold shoulder in the second half at Balaidos. During the drinks break, Sarabia twice tried to relay information to Messi, but the Argentina captain walked away from him on both occasions.

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Sarabia previously made headlines in March, when he drew criticism for his language and touchline demeanour during the 2-0 loss to Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Sources have told ESPN that despit

Setien’s best efforts, he and his coaching staff have struggled to win round the players, many of whom supported Valverde, since taking charge.
Sarabia often leads training sessions, where there has also been conflict. He demands intensity at all times, which has generated moments of tension, forcing Setien to become a firefighter.

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Elsewhere, Marc-Andre ter Stegen has preferred to work with Jose Ramon de la Fuente as his goalkeeper coach instead of Jon Pascua, who arrived with Setien in January. The Germany international has a great relationship with De La Fuente, which has raised questions about the need for two goalkeeping coaches.
More recently, the doubts the players maintain have extended to the board.


President Josep Maria Bartomeu replaced Valverde with the hope of triggering an attitude change among the squad.

But results and performances have left a lot to be desired.
Setien has overseen 17 games since taking charge, winning 11 of them, including all eight at Camp Nou, but results away from home and the level of performances have increased concerns in his ability to manage the club.
Of the 11 wins, seven have been by one goal, with Barca struggling to make the most of their possession. Meanwhile, they have won just three times on the road, failing to at Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Napoli, Madrid, Sevilla and Celta.


A stoppage-time goal was needed to beat third-tier Ibiza in the Copa del Rey. That was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Valencia at Mestalla, when Setien played with three centre-backs. Those performances were put down to teething problems, but that didn’t prevent criticism. After losing to Valencia, Setien said it was just “one loss.”.

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The Copa del Rey elimination to Athletic, despite an encouraging performance, added to the worries and a source said the substitutions in March’s loss to Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu revealed Setien’s lack of understanding of his squad as Barca dropped off dramatically physically in the final third of the game.


Barca no longer analyse upcoming opponents live — restricting themselves to video analysis — and a source inside the dressing room told ESPN it feels as though they are creating their own problems by not working on positional play in training.

Barca are finding it difficult to create and score at times.Setien was not Barca’s first choice in January. He was appointed after sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau failed to convince Xavi Hernandez to take the job during a trip to Qatar. Xavi rejected the job because the timing was not right.
Another coaching change has not been ruled out if Barca fail to deliver in La Liga or the Champions League this season.

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Setien defends his decision to bench Griezmann

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Quique Setién left Antoine Griezmann out of his starting XI against Celta and insisted that he never looks at a player’s price tag when selecting his team.

Barcelona coach Quique Setién said he had no interest in a player’s market value when selecting his team after being asked why he left Antoine Griezmann on the subs’ bench in Saturday’s meeting with Celta Vigo. Griezmann, who set Barcelona back 120 million euros when he joined from Atlético Madrid last year, was introduced late in the game as the visitors were held to a 2-2 draw in Vigo on Saturday.

Setién defended his decision to leave Griezmann, who has scored 14 goals in 42 games this season, out of the XI. “I don’t take into consideration the player’s price tag,” he told a news conference. “Last week we chose one specific team, and today we decided on another one. Last week you asked me why Ansu Fati wasn’t playing, why Riqui Puig wasn’t playing and today why Griezmann isn’t playing. These are decisions I make and they are technical decisions. They’re not made rashly, and they are done with the best of intentions for the team.”

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Aspas denies Barcelona all three points
Lionel Messi set up two goals for Luis Suárez, but Iago Aspas’ 88th-minute equaliser saw Barça held.

Setién’s men are a point clear of Real Madrid, who have the chance to return to the top of the table and secure a two-point lead if they can beat Espanyol in Cornellà later today.

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Quique Setien passes strict warning to Griezmann after Celta’s clash

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien has warned Antoine Griezmann that his price tag means little when it comes to picking the team and hinted that the French forward was at fault for Celta Vigo’s late equaliser on Saturday.

Griezmann started on the bench in Barca’s 2-2 draw at Balaidos in LaLiga as Setien preferred Ansu Fati on the left and the former Atletico attacker only came on for the last nine minutes to replace Luis Suarez.

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Asked why he had left the 29-year-old out, Setien said: “I don’t look at whether the signings are expensive or cheap.

“Last week we opted for one lineup and this week another. Last week you asked me why Ansu didn’t play and this week Griezmann.

Griezmann was stood at the end of a defensive wall as Iago Aspas curled a ball around the Barca players and into the bottom corner two minutes from time, giving goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen no chance.


Antoine Griezmann appeared only as a late substitute for Barcelona against Celta Vigo at Balaidos (Getty Images)
“The last goal they scored, a player jumped and the ball went in there,” Setien said.

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