LaLiga: Barcelona to sack coach, Setien on one condition

Ruben Hill
July 1, 2020

The France worldwide was among the top goalscorers in La Liga season in, season out while on Atletico's books, but has so far been unable to live up to the same high standards in Catalonia.

The 29-year-old has scored eight goals in 31 appearances in LaLiga after being asked to play on the left of a front three with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Xavi's former team-mate Juan Antonio Pizzi believes the club legend is the "future of Barcelona" and he is destined to return to his roots at manager when the right opportunity presents itself.

The Barcelona defender told Le Parisien: 'Antoine is well integrated in the dressing room, there really is no problem.

"We're there to do our best on the pitch".

'But we must not forget his statistics. As a outcome, he has now scored 700 career goals for club and country, joining an illustrious list of just seven players who have reached this incredible milestone.

'For a first season, it's not bad.

"But I see him working hard in training, it can only get better".

Ronaldo needed 973 official games to score 700 goals, while Messi reached the mark in just 861 games for club and country.

In the dressing room at Balaidos, the players reproached the coach for some of his tactical decisions and also for some of the changes he made in the match against Celta, such as bringing on Arthur Melo and Antoine Griezmann.

Barca have struggled to convince this season - the titleholders now two points behind bitter rivals Real Madrid in the race for La Liga glory with six matches remaining.

He said: "A Barca-PSG final would make you dream. provided that Barca wins it, of course".

Setien's men will host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in their next La Liga fixture.

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