Barcelona mull plan to sack Setien as players row with boss

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

Saturday's scenes at Celta included an apparently disillusioned Lionel Messi walking away while assistant coach Eder Sarabia attempted to give him instructions, in what is being taken as a sign that the players are unconvinced by Setien's coaching team and his tactics. He replaced fired manager Ernesto Valverde, who won La Liga twice, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup in three seasons with the club.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting director Eric Abidal, and fellow officials Oscar Grau and Javier Bordas all visited the coach to show solidarity, Marca said.

The last few weeks have seen Quique Setien's side fall behind rivals Real Madrid in the race to win La Liga and on Tuesday night they faced Atleti, knowing they had to win.

"I wouldn't tell you, and I would try to solve it naturally in our camp, which is the dressing room or the training session, " the 50-year-old explained.

"In reality it is true that there are always controversies, as in life, and it is normal that there are differences", Setien told reporters when asked about the rift.

Diego Costa had an incredibly poor eight minutes as Atletico Madrid faced Barcelona in a must win game for the Catalan giants.

"Games with Atletico Madrid are tremendously tight and hard", Setien said. "They are very sure about what they have to do".

A club statement read: "This is unquestionably one of the biggest games left for this final stretch of the season, and the players aren't going to be alone".

Barcelona can climb into first place with a win against Atletico. Meanwhile, leaders Real Madrid are set to take on Getafe in their next La Liga outing. Barcelona has just six games left of their schedule.

After the video went viral, Barcelona handler Setien explained that there is no row in his team insisting that all his players are together in harmony.

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