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“We need a bit of air to clean the head because everything that we have experienced since December was very bad. We are going to come good this break in order to forget everything that happened in January here, that was very bad”. A reflection that would sign any barcelona but which has a special significance because it comes out of the mouth of Leo Messi and makes a special impact in the word “January”, noting, without citing it to Quique Setién and the technical body that came with him. There was never any chemistry between the argentine and the current coach, who replaced a Ernesto Valverde who left the team leader in the League and classified brilliantly for the knockout round as first of group a day before the end of the group stage. Half a year later, Barcelona have lost the League by showing a deplorable image and, according to the leader of the locker room, “so we will not win the Naples”, which confirms their distrust in respect to the Champions.
The criticism of Messi has been so overwhelming that it has forced Josep Maria Bartomeu to call for an emergency meeting with Quique Setién. To lack of three weeks to resume the Champions League, the president wants to push first hand the mood of the locker room and the coach is aware of the divorce existing between the two parties. The own Setién is aware of that walks the ledge of the dismissal. So dangerously that even doubt that you can finish the season. “ I Hope to be able to sit on the bench against Napoli but I do not know . I agree with Messi on a few things. With the self-criticism,” admitted the coach after the loss to Osasuna at the Camp Nou. However, Setién not throw in the towel and yesterday conveyed to Bartholomew, his strength to fight for the Champions league. “I am the maximum responsible.
I am trained and full of energy , of course. I am convinced that we are going to be a different computer. With an attitude of mind to stop and that we will face the Champions league with the maximum guarantees. Up there I can control. What I can’t control it. These situations I have already experienced. I wore in what I have to spend,” added the trainer.
Sources of the Catalan club explained to this newspaper that the intention of Bartomeu was to keep Setién and that precluded a dismissal that demonstrate your own failure to pick it to replace a Valverde who avalaban the results. However, these same sources admit that anything could happen in response to the pressure that it was generating after the loss of the League and the image given from which they resumed the competition after the break for the pandemic of Covid-19. In fact, several managers have been in favour of promoting García Pepper , coach of the subsidiary and that has passed through all the lower categories of the club, to the end of the season on an interim basis. However, you have no room to maneuver Bartomeu, which is located in the same scenario as in January last, without being able to bring to your first (Xavi) or his second (Koeman) option, and with “Pimi” playing the ascent to Second-A.
The technician, pointed out
The divorce between Setién and the heavyweights of the dressing room is a evidence that is evident in the time of hydration during games. is The players ignore the technical , especially to Eder Sarabia, and in the later statements, we point them directly, as was the case of Luis Suarez after the match in Balaídos. “ For something the coaches , to analyze this kind of situations. We give you everything inside the field and you are left with the feeling that away from home we are losing many important points are not missed other seasons”, released by the uruguayan when asked about the fragility of the team away from the Camp Nou. You have left Europe to the club to avoid to close a season in white, something that does not happen since 2008 when it was closed the cycle of Frank Rijkaard in the Nou Camp with a team clearly expired and in decline.