Former Real Betis boss stepped on a breach at Camp Nou after Ernesto Valverde was sacked in January following defeat on Supercopa at Atletico Madrid.
Quique Setien claims he would have been on his way no matter what the results were against Bayern
Quique Setien has argued that the decision to remove him from Barcelona has been made regardless of the historic 8-2 capitulation of the Catalans at the hands of Bayern Munich. Former Real Betis boss stepped on a breach at Camp Nou after Ernesto Valverde was sacked in January following defeat on Supercopa at Atletico Madrid. Setien’s accusations failed to shine, however, handing over the LaLiga title to Real Madrid despite a sedentary top when a new man took over in early 2020 amid a series of disappointing results. His fate was finally sealed when Bayern Munich roamed the Champions League quarterfinals. Inflicting a bruised defeat on Barcelona, which led to the manager being relieved of his duties. But Setien claims he would have been on his way, no matter what the results were at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz in August.
The things are not easy despite having some of the best players in the world
“You end up being extremely damaged, you make Barcelona history with that defeat,” he said in an interview with ex-Spain coach Vicente del Bosque. “I take my share of the blame. Anyway, I’ll write about it one day. After my sacking, I learned that the decision has been made since the 8-2. I heard about everything. That trashing will be the reason why most Barcelona fans remember Setien after his short, underwhelming spell on the bench, and he regrets that he failed to impose his trademark swashbuckling style on the team. “I was not myself. I could not or did not know how to be; this is true,” he added. “When you sign up for a club of Barça’s dimension, you already know that things won’t be easy despite having some of the best players in the world.
“The truth is, I couldn’t be myself, and I didn’t do what I had to. I could indeed have taken radical steps, but it wouldn’t have helped in the short time that I was there and in which everything shrank after lockdown. “Until that point, the team was fine. We started to change a lot. We went into the lockdown two points ahead. Coming back, we started well in Mallorca, and Real Madrid’s run was extraordinary. In the end, the tension was too great. But in fact, there are situations that in a different context and in different circumstances, I could have been different. There was no time to think or work.”