Barcelona mull plan to sack Setien as players row with boss

Barcelona mull plan to sack Setien as players row with boss

Barcelona dropped more points in the race for the La Liga title as they threw away two leads against Atletico.

"The biggest hope I have now is to be Barca coach and get Barca back to winning ways".

Barca host Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Tuesday amid a hard situation, with media reports claiming Setien and his coaching staff are at odds with key players .

The appointment of Setien in January in place of the sacked Ernesto Valverde has not handed Barca the boost they craved, with Messi claiming during the Covid-19 hiatus that it would be "impossible" for the team to win the Champions League playing the way they have been under their new mentor. And as a outcome, our technical staff, who are preparing for it a lot and it makes us really excited. "I told them the circumstances and timing weren't right", Xavi added in the interview.

'I've said it a lot of times but I want to take footballing decisions at Barcelona. It's clear that after the elections the stage would be set, of course.

Diego Simeone tried to sidestep a question relating to reports Barcelona coach Quique Setien has lost the support of key players but emphasised the importance of managing a squad's emotions.

'They came for me in January, we were speaking. However, the former midfielder had rejected the offer saying it was not the right time and remained with Qatar side Al Saad, whom he guided to the third spot in the table.

The club are next set to hold a presidential election in the summer of 2021 - when current supremo Josep Maria Bartomeu will stand down.

"I think he evaluated the situation very well - there is the fact that he would be coaching former team-mates - but also the fact that he would be going home perhaps without the experience of having managed in La Liga", Pizzi said.

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.

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