Quique Setién and Leo Messi in a training session of Barça


Quique Setién: "Messi is difficult to manage. You see things you don't expect"

Published:1/11/2020 - 07:48h

Updated:1/11/2020 - 20:44h

Quique Setién was trainer of the FC Barcelona during seven months in which it lived numerous experiences. sinceró On this in a talk with Vicente of the Forest

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With Ernesto Valverde, the FC Barcelona had lost the spark in his game and, in front of the bajón of the team, the sportive direction bet for ceasing him in January, after the team fell deleted in the Supercopa of Spain. His relief was Quique Setién, a trainer of known philosophy 'cruyffista', with fame of brave technician that bet by the showy and offensive game, in addition to by the quarry.

Lamentably, the experience of the Cantabrian technician was not the best in the Camp Nou: it did not warm to to the heavy weights of the changing room, found with an institutional crisis aggravated by the economic as a result of the coronavirus and with big tension between players and managerial. In a talk with Vicente of the Forest in 'El País', Quique Setién analysed his go through the FC Barcelona, and even desveló of which team was of small: "Of the that were all the boys, of the Real Madrid".

Without place to doubts, what more bumped of the words of Quique Setién were the ones of his relation with Leo Messi, elogiándole like player but leaving fall that it is complicated in the personal field. "There are players that are not easy to manage. Between them Leo, is truth. Also it is necessary to take into account that it is the best footballer of all time. And who am I to change him? If there they have accepted him during years as it is and have not changed him...", it said.

"Of small was of the Real Madrid"

Quique Setién considers that Leo Messi is reserved but that always does to understand what wants. It compared him with another legend like Michael Jordan.​ "There is another facet that is not the one of player and is more complicated to manage. Much more. Something inherent to a lot of sportsmen as it sees in the documentary of Michael Jordan. You see things that do not expect you. It is very reserved but does you see the things that he wants to. It does not speak a lot. Yes, look, looks...", it added.

Vicente Of the Forest remembered him, in this moment, the sentence of Tata Martino to Leo Messi: "Already I know that if you flame to the president throws me, but does not do fault that show it to me every day". The answer of Quique Setién solidified the said previously: "it does not do me fault that anybody say me what said Martino or another. I have lived it. I have had sufficient experiences to do an exact assessment of how are really this boy and the other".

Quique Setién also spoke on which was his second trainer, Eder Sarabia, especially of his character temperamental and of his controversial images in Santiago Bernabéu criticising to players. "The day that took him out the cameras saying things, said him that it could not give this image. The next day I spoke with the captains and apologised them. They said me that it did not matter them that it screamed and called them the attention", signalled.

The ex trainer of the FC Barcelona also commented the 2-8 in front of the Bayern of Munich in quarter-finals of the Champions League, what went his last party. "You remain tremendously damaged, raisins to the history of the Barça with this defeat. I assume my percentage of fault. Some day the same write on this. After throwing me, me enteré that the decision already was taken before the 2-8", affirmed.

It was not he same in the FC Barcelona

Quique Setién regretted that, by some reason or by another, could not be he same in his stage in the FC Barcelona. "I have not been I same. I have not been able to, or I have not known, the reality is that", said, in an affirmation that can have multiple interpretations. On going back to train, does not seem to have too much haste: "I Am to taste home, with the sea, with the famous cows. Already I happened the deceit".

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