First notice to Setién

Suárez's message ("the coaches are up to something") after the stumble in Vigo is the best sign that the Cantabrian has not had the full backing of the dressing room since he arrived.


Luis Suárez at the end of the Vigo game sounded, in bullfighting terms and also in general, at the first warning to Quique Setién. "The coaches are up to something," said the Uruguayan when asked about Barça's problems away from home. And although those problems this year also came to light with Valverde from the first day in Bilbao and a little later in Granada, Suárez's words were certainly not endorsement of the Cantabrian. The Uruguayan was hot. Despite his knee problems, he had thrown the team on his back (once again, away from home, where he has scored 7 of his 13 goals). Setién replaced him and arrived on 2-2.

But Suárez's message to Setién had more background than a specific anger. It reflects a certain distrust of the sacred cows in the dressing room, of which Suárez is a part. The mistrust that has existed since the board decided to put an end to Ernesto Valverde's stage and, after trying it with Xavi and Koeman, and thinking about it with Pochettino, he chose Setién, coach who arrived, in Abidal's words, to "give an impulse "that has not been such.

The Barça players, who had had a fairly complicity relationship with Valverde, felt singled out when Abidal said that some complained that with Txingurri there was little work, such as letting it be that they had been collaborators with the removal of the coach. Messi shook Abidal on social networks because he did not totally agree with the dismissal of Valverde. And less with Abidal airing disagreements without giving names. That opened cracks in the locker room. In short, Setien was not a man of consensus. Not a shake. On the contrary, and despite his Cruyffista promises, he did involve Barça in the beginning with a diabolical system that had to be corrected by the players, who asked to play again with the drawing and the automatisms of previous years.

Stripped of that authority, or at least without all the power of decision, Setién embraced the Valverde doctrine, close to self-management. The difference is that Valverde was gaining authority with his players in the second season and Setién ran out of wildcards at the first exchange. His statements, sometimes too "transparent", have not convinced either in the locker room.

Your situation is not easy. Although he has a contract until 2022, with the option that the new president cut his contract in 2021, he is not stable in the position. He himself has accompanied with the tagline of provisionality "while I am here" some of his explanations about the future. And although by the way he has been running out of rivals for the next season (Xavi will not be a coach with Bartomeu and Abidal except for a major surprise and Koeman will continue with the Netherlands until the Euro Cup), Setién will not be able to continue if he does not win the League and Champions.

In summary, the dressing room considers that there has been no improvement with Setién and, as usually happens in these cases, it does not ask him to help the team score points. But not to lose them. Vigo's changes, unlike Athletic's, made Barça worse. The pyrotechnician Braithwaite was a chaos that almost self-ejected, Griezmann wandered through the field and Arthur was on to something else. So Suarez was hot after the game. First notice to Setién.



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