‘I’m not sure what will happen to me afterwards’: Barcelona boss Quique Setien admits he is unsure if he will be in charge of the Champions League clash against Napoli … and agrees with the furious comments from Lionel Messi after a shock loss to Osasuna
- Barcelona fell in a shocking 2-1 defeat to Osasuna on Thursday evening
- Lionel Messi scored a free kick, but was unhappy in his post-game interview
- Messi said the team should be “self-critical” ahead of the Champions League
- Barca will face Naples in the eighth finals of the eighth finals at Camp Nou on August 8
- Real Madrid took the LaLiga title on Thursday after their 10th consecutive victory
Quique Setien admits he is unsure if he will be in charge of the Barcelona clash against Napoli in the Champions League next month.
The boss of Barca spoke to Osasuna after a shocking 2-1 home defeat, the same night the Catalans gave the LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi waved the side ‘erratic and weak’ after the match, and Setien agreed with Messi’s comments about the party’s performance and the need to reevaluate it, before the clash in Napoli at 8 August.
Barcelona manager Quique Setien said he was ‘not sure what would happen to him afterwards’
Furious after the Barcelona shock defeat, Lionel Messi waved the side ‘erratic and weak’
“I am responsible for our situation as I am the manager of the team,” said Setien, according to quotes from the Spanish outlet Marca.
“I hope we can face the Champions League as a different team this summer, but I’m not sure what will happen to me after that.
“I agree with Lionel Messi’s comments about post-game self-criticism, and we need to look at ourselves in the coming weeks.”
In a rare post-match TV interview, after the defeat at Camp Nou, Messi said, ‘This game represents all year round. We have been a erratic and weak team.
Messi was furious after Barcelona lost 2-1 at home to Osasuna on Thursday-evening
The Barcelona captain did not hold back in his TV interview after the game after the loss in LaLiga
“Madrid have done their bit by winning all the matches, which is impressive, but we also helped them win this competition. We have to be critical of how we played, starting with the players and the rest of the club.
“We lost because of our mistakes and not because of Madrid’s successes, as many say.
“The feeling in this team is that it tries, but it can’t get the job done. Today in the first half they were better than us and it seems that we have to fall behind to respond as we tried in the second half. ‘
In a nod to repressed manager Setien, Messi added: “We will have to change a lot if we want to do something …”
Messi looked dejected after the game, with rivals Real Madrid crowned LaLiga champion
Despite Messi’s free kick and a red Osasuna card, Barcelona was unable to score three points
Roberto Torres scored the injury time winner when Barca lost at home for the first time since 2018
Former Real Betis coach Setien took over from fired Ernesto Valverde in January.
Barca went two points ahead of Madrid in the corona virus lock, with 11 games to go.
But while Madrid has taken 10 consecutive wins to win the title, Barca has consistently dropped points and Thursday night’s loss was their first home in LaLiga since November 2018.
But they now need to shift focus to Europe in the build-up to their Champions League match back match against Napoli last 16, following a 1-1 draw in the February first leg.
Messi looked angry after scoring his highest 23rd goal of the season from a free kick
Messi stated that ‘if we play like that we will lose to Napoli’ in their Champions League R16 match
“I said some time ago that with this kind of game we had no chance of winning the Champions League, and it turned out that we didn’t even have enough to win LaLiga,” said Messi bravely.
“We need to take a breath, breathe some air and clear the mind of everything that has happened since December. If we play like that we lose to Napoli.
“We have to start from scratch in the Champions League and blame ourselves for what went wrong.”