Setien will coach the Catalans for the rest of the current campaign, including the Champions League’s final stages.
Setien have three weeks to prepare the club for UCL
Quique Setien can breathe freely. Barcelona beat Alaves, and the truce reached between the coaching staff and the players eased the pressure on the Blaugrana boss. Setien will coach the Catalans for the rest of the current campaign, including the Champions League’s final stages. However, now nothing is guaranteed in terms of the Spaniard’s stay at work next season, no matter what happens in August. In recent weeks, the weak form of the team has left Setien with very few supporters in the club, and most of the people at Camp Nou have already written him off. Setien now has three weeks to prepare for the return leg of Barcelona’s last 16 rods against Napoli at the Camp Nou. The Champions League is the club’s last chance to pick up some silverware this season – not since the 2007/08 campaign, they have failed to win at least one trophy.
Barca need to clear their heads and come back with more hunger, says Messi
Setien knows the importance of what is at stake, and a far-reaching Lisbon competition would not harm him in any way, although he is unlikely to remain at Barcelona beyond that. The former Real Betis boss is being challenged by the club and his players for not bringing in the football style or the results the directors had hoped for. For now, this frustration and discomfort have stopped, at least in public, as the Blaugrana prepare to welcome Napoli. “We need to calm down a little in this break,” said Lionel Messi, referring to the break between not and Napoli. “It’s essential to clear your head and come back with more hunger than ever.
“We were self-critical. We have to stabilize ourselves and move on.” Under Setien, Barcelona won 15, drew four and lost four of 23 matches. Until the results haven’t been brilliant, the attacking style of play the club hoped Setien would bring has not come about. For a truce due to differences between Various meetings have been held with board members, team captains, and coaches, and the focus is now on the Champions League. Discussions about Setien’s work can wait.