A coach, unceremoniously dumped from a prominent post in Catalonia, discussed his experiences with the Liga giants.
Rivaldo believes that the best coaches would find a way around any of the problems
Quique Setien has sought to “shift the blame for the horrific end of the season” in his claims that Lionel Messi has too much power at Barcelona, Rivaldo argues, with said accusations being refuted by a Camp Nou legend. A coach, unceremoniously dumped from a prominent post in Catalonia, discussed his experiences with the Liga giants. Setien argued that mercurial Argentine striker Messi was “difficult to manage” given how important he is to the collective cause at Barça. Rivaldo believes that the best managers would find a way around any of these problems. With a man who flopped badly after being handed over to the most prestigious of reins considered to be looking for excuses.
Quique Setien should have told the board that he was not happy with the situation at Barca
The Blaugrana legend told reporters: “Quique Setien complained in an interview that Lionel Messi controls the dressing room and talks too much in the club’s decisions. I have doubts that Setien’s claims are correct. But if they were, he should have told the board that he was not happy with the situation. The manager should always communicate when something is unpleasant for him. Setien should not try to shift responsibility for the terrible end of the season. It is yet to be seen how long Messi will hold out at Barcelona. And the six-time Ballon d’Or winner still seeing a move mooted on the back of his efforts to leave over the summer.”
Antoine Griezmann is another facing questions of his future. The Frenchman could not achieve the desired result in Catalonia. But Rivaldo believes that the winner of the World Cup should stay around. He added: “Antoine Griezmann is still struggling to get things going at Barcelona, but I don’t think the loan is the right option for him. Barcelona need all the parts of their squad, and he is one of the best players. We’ve seen good things from Griezmann against Juventus and Alaves this season. So his poor performance against Dynamo Kyiv shouldn’t detract from that. As players, we all have bad days. He needs to build confidence and start proving his real value as no one doubts his ability.”