So it looks as if Quique Setien is off to meet club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. We imagine they’ll be discussing La Liga and the Champions League.
Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Bartomeu wants to feel the waters around Setien after their missing out of the title to Real Madrid. We don’t imagine Setien receiving his marching orders….just yet.
The former Betis coach seemed conscious in analyzing the match: “We know well that some things aren’t working and are meant to be improved, but I’m not that negative. First of all, we don’t have to belittle the good things that we have shown until now, and then we will have tie to rest and re-start working on our mistakes, in order to not repeat them. Against Napoli we can’t concede to our opponents: it’s a match that we can’t fail”.
The paper stressed that Setien “is not expected to be dismissed today”. But it also report that no-one is guaranteeing he will still be in charge for the visit of Napoli. But the manager had better be praying for a good result in the Champion’s League when they face Napoli in their crucial last-16 second leg at Camp Nou on August 8.
For us it’s been clear that Barca need to weed out some of the old wood. It’s all well and good for Messi to throw a hissy fit after their loss to a great playing Osasuna, but in many way’s he’s almost part of the problem.
Setien obviously touched the topic related to his future: “Will I be there against Napoli? I don’t know, but I think I will. Today’s loss has been undeserved. We are morally sad and frustrated, I think that’s normal, Real Madrid has deserved to win the championship and we deserved to lose it as well”.
For what it’s worth, Setien said that he was “convinced that we will be a different team” for Napoli. He added that they “will face the Champions League with a positive mindset.” Yeah right.