Claiming that Barcelona CANNOT win the Champions League with manager Quique Setien’s football brand, Lionel Messi emphasizes: ‘It is not possible to play as we have been’
- Lionel Messi does not believe that Barcelona can win the Champions League this year
- He thinks the style and performances under Quique Setien are not good enough
- Barcelona has struggled to improve since Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde
- Messi hopes that Barcelona will return to its best form after the long break
Lionel Messi believes that Barcelona cannot win the Champions League if it returns this summer due to the tactical style and performance under manager Quique Setien.
Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde in January, but failed to change the Catalan giant’s fortune with a string of bland displays, including a demoralizing 2-0 defeat at El Clasico in March.
Barcelona are still two points away from Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga, but it is on the European stage that Messi thinks they will be short of Setien.
Lionel Messi does not think that Barcelona can win the Champions League under Quique Setien
In an interview with SPORT, Messi believes that the style and performances were not good enough
They tied 1-1 with Napoli in the first leg of their last 16 draw before the football season was halted by the corona virus pandemic. But Messi thinks Barcelona can become very few European giants if they keep playing the way they were.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper SPORT, Messi said, “What I think is that [Setien] didn’t quite understand what I was saying.
“What I said is that playing, as we had played the last half before the break, clearly seemed that we were not enough to win the Champions League.
“I never doubted the selection we have and I have no doubt that you can win all that is left, but not by playing the way we played.
“Now everyone has their opinion and they are all very respectable.
“Mine is based on the fact that I was lucky enough to play the Champions League every year and I know that it is not possible to win it by playing the way we played.”
Messi and his teammates in Barcelona are back in training ahead of the possible restart of LaLiga
Setien, formerly of Real Betis, had previously revealed that he dreamed of doubling and said, “I have often told the players that I have no time to lose, and I would like to win the Champions League and LaLiga. ‘
While Messi thinks a European title is outside Barcelona this season, he hopes the break can help them get back to their best.
The Argentinian added: ‘This break can ultimately benefit us, but we are going to see if they can start the competitions and we will leave doubts about that.
“We check the level we have or can reach when we start.”
The Barcelona captain has not played since he scored a late winner on March 7 against Real Sociedad, with Spanish football suspended in the midst of the outbreak and remaining at the top of the table with two points remaining 11 games remaining. play.