“I do not regret the decision to fire Valverde, we had to give the team a boost”: Barcelona chief Josep Bartomeu insists Quique Setien’s job is safe, despite the loss of pace with Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga
- Josep Bartomeu has fired on Barcelona boss Quique Setien
- Barca’s title bid has been unraveled after three consecutive draws in recent weeks
- But the president insists he is happy with his attempts to change the style
- Ernesto Valverde was fired earlier in the season after a sad shape
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has said that coach Quique Setien will remain in charge of the team next season despite the team’s fading La Liga title bid, adding that he has no regrets about firing Ernesto Valverde in January.
Valverde led Barca to successive title wins and his team topped the goal difference list when he was fired in January and replaced by Setien, who wanted to revolutionize Barca’s game with mixed results.
Barca’s title bid is unraveled after a draw with Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid and they now lead Real Madrid with four points with four games to play.
Quique Setien, Barcelona’s under-fire manager, has received public support from the club
Josep Bartomeu insists that the manager’s job is safe, despite his party losing the pace in the title race
But the team finally clicked into Sunday’s excellent 4-1 win over Villarreal and Bartomeu said he thinks they’re headed in the right direction.
‘Setien will of course continue. Right now I’m quite happy with how the team has evolved and in the last few games we’ve seen the improvements Setien has made, ” Bartomeu told the radio station. Rac 1 on Tuesday.
“I don’t regret the decision to fire Valverde, we had to give the team a boost and Setien brought new ideas and new sensations,” he added.
Setien said he didn’t think his position had been compromised and he was happy with the football they played.
Ernesto Valverde was fired in January with Barca at the top of the table on goal difference
Setien has tried to change Barca’s playing style, but it has yielded mixed results so far
“I didn’t feel like things were going to change, I got used to this circus,” he told a virtual press conference Wednesday before the Barcelona game with Espanyol.
“I just do my job and I feel that the board is satisfied with the work we do and so do I.”
He also said his side would continue to push Real until their chances of winning the title were over.
“Of course we can still win the competition, it is still mathematically possible and we have to keep our hopes until the last day,” he added.
“We need to focus on what we can do and try to win while playing well and making progress. And if we can’t win it, we can build a platform for next season. ‘