The beleaguered Barcelona president Bartomeu promises to make changes to the Camp Nou after the loss of Bayern
‘Today was a disaster, we would like to apologize’: beleaguered Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu promises to make changes to the Nou Camp amid reports that he has already fired Quique Setien as manager
- Barcelona suffered its worst defeat since 1940 against Bayern Munich
- Reports in Italy show that Barcelona boss Quique Setien has already been fired
- Similar reports claim that Eric Abidal will also lose his job as football director
- President Josep Bartomeu said some tough decisions have been made
Barcelona’s beleaguered club chairman Josep Bartomeu has insisted that changes will be made at the Nou Camp following their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Catalan squad suffered its worst defeat since 1940 when they fell in the quarter-finals of the competition in Lisbon, with reports in Italy suggesting boss Quique Setien has already been fired.
The 61-year-old former Real Betis boss only joined the club in January as a replacement for Ernesto Valverde, and reports also suggest that Barcelona’s football director Eric Abidal could follow his exit in a complete restructuring. from the club.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has pushed for changes to be made at the club
Some reports suggest that Quique Setien was fired after their beating by Bayern Munich
Barcelona were down 4-1 after 31 minutes in Lisbon, and a despicable performance was rounded off by Philippe Coutinho – who is on loan to Bayern by the Spanish giants – scoring twice against his mother club.
After the destruction of his squad by the Bundesliga champions, Bartomeu insisted that some of the tough decisions have already been made.
“It’s a really tough defeat,” said Bartomeu. ‘I want to congratulate Bayern, who played a great game. They deserve to advance to the semi-finals. We weren’t at our best, and we weren’t around.
‘Today was a disaster and now we have to make decisions. We’ve already thought about it.
They suffered their worst defeat since 1940 when they crashed out of the Champions League
The defenders of Gerard Pique and Barcelona were emphatically torn apart by Bayern
Today is not a day for decisions. We would like to apologize to the fans, members and Barcelona’s. ‘
However, when Bartomeu, who will now be under severe pressure from rival candidate Victor Font ahead of next year’s elections, was pressured over who and what those decisions entailed, he did not disclose the club’s intentions.
‘I’m not going to say what [decisions] they are because some have already been made and others will be made, ‘he added.
Today is a day to think. Starting tomorrow we will try to cheer up all Barcelona fans and we will make decisions from next week. ‘
And Pique also admitted the club needs changes, saying he would step aside if needed
Bartomeu himself, however, did not escape the pressure and immediately after the match received heavy criticism from Joan Laporta – who was president of Barcelona from 2003 to 2010.
Laporta vehemently claimed that Bartomeu’s post-match comments were an act of cowardice and once again showed that he was not the man to bring the club forward.
Laporta posted on Twitter after Barcelona’s humiliation in Portugal: ‘After this very painful defeat, President Bartomeu’s statements are yet another sign of cowardice and incompetence.
“The incompetence of him and his board disqualifies them from making more decisions that will shape Barca’s future.”
Reports also indicate that football director Eric Abidal (R) could also be fired
Nevertheless, Bartomeu’s call for change was echoed by defender Gerard Pique in his post-match comments on Spanish channel Movistar.
He said, ‘The clubs need changes and I’m not talking about the coach or a player. The club is in need of significant changes.
‘We’ve hit rock bottom. We have to think and do what is best for the club. I’ll be the first to offer to go if we need new blood. ‘