"Lionel Messi is very difficult to manage" - Ex Barca coach, Quique Setién - Report Minds "Lionel Messi is very difficult to manage" - Ex Barca coach, Quique Setién | Report Minds

"Lionel Messi is very difficult to manage" - Ex Barca coach, Quique Setién

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The 2019-2020 season was one to forget for many Barcelona fans. The club failed to defend their La Liga title as they lost the race to eventual winners, Real Madrid.
The club looked unsettled all throughout the campaign due to disagreement in the dressing room among the senior players, board and the former coach Quique Setién.

If you recall that the former Real Betis boss, Setien arrived at the Nou Camp in January 2020, after the club sacked Ernesto Valverde.

His football philosophy at Betis convinced the board to appoint him as their manager. Although, results failed to turn positive and fans were becoming more anxious.

Setién wasn't able to manage the dressing room as relationship between him and  Lionel Messi broke down.


The highlight of Setién sacking was after Barcleona were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the quarter final, it was an 8-2 scoreline in which Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score a brace against his club, Barcelona as he was on loan at Bayern.

This prompted Barcelona to sack Setién in August and move to appoint Ronald Koeman who left his role as Netherlands coach.

Finally, Quique Setién has finally addressed the circumstances which surrounded his dismissal at Camp Nou.

Former Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, has claimed Lionel Messi is difficult to manage.


In an interview with El Pais, Setien said: “Leo is difficult to manage. Who am I to change him! If they have accepted him as he is for years and have not changed him.

“There’s another facet beyond just the player and it’s more difficult to manage. Much more difficult. It’s something inherent in many athletes that can be seen in the Michael Jordan documentary. You see things you don’t expect."

Although, he added that the Argentine international is a reserved player who doesn't talk much.

He said: “He’s very reserved but he makes you see the things that he wants. He doesn’t talk much.”

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