Barcelona Mentioned his time on the Camp Nou
Former Barcelona boss Quique Setien has revealed that Lionel Messi just isn’t the simplest participant to handle.
The 62-year-old got here in to switch Ernesto Valverde on the Camp Nou in January 2020 and was in cost for seven months, along with his final sport being the membership’s notorious 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League.
In an interview for El Pais, Setien sat down with Vicente del Bosque and mentioned his time on the Camp Nou, in addition to his relationship with Messi.
“There are gamers that are not simple to handle, and Leo is one in every of them,” Setien defined.
“You additionally need to do not forget that he is one of the best participant in historical past and who am I to try to change him as a participant? I can not do something if these on the membership have accepted him for the way he’s and have not modified him for years.
“It isn’t simply the participant that you must handle, there one other facet and that’s rather more sophisticated. It is one thing which is constructed into many sportspeople like we noticed within the Michael Jordan documentary [The Last Dance]. You see issues that you do not count on to see.
“He is very reserved however he makes you see the issues that he desires. He would not speak a lot, however he seems.”
Del Bosque recalled a one thing that Tata Martino stated to Messi.
“I do know that should you name the president, you can have me sacked at any second,” he stated.
Setien responded to this, albeit in a barely defensive tone.
“I do not should be advised what Martino or anybody else says,” he responded.
“I’ve skilled it. I’ve had sufficient experiences to know precisely what this man and all of the others are like.
“Since leaving I do know myself that at sure moments different choices needed to be made, however there’s one thing which is extra highly effective than you: the membership. What’s extra highly effective than the president, the participant and the coach are the membership and the followers.
“These are those you owe essentially the most respect to and you must do what’s finest for them. There are thousands and thousands of people that suppose that Messi, or another participant, is extra essential than the membership and the coach. This participant, and people round him, have been profitable all the pieces for 14 years.
“Messi is one of the best of all time. There are been over nice gamers who’ve been actually good, however nobody has had the consistency that he has over time.”
When reflecting on his seven-month spell at Barcelona, Setien admits that he considerably veered away from the philosophy he applied on the likes of Las Palmas and Actual Betis.
“The reality is that I wasn’t in a position to be myself, and I wasn’t in a position to do what I needed to do,” Setien stated.
“It is true that I might have made drastic choices, however they would not have sorted something within the quick time I used to be [there] and with the state of affairs after lockdown.”
The humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern will dwell lengthy within the reminiscence for many individuals, and Setien is not any totally different.
“You are actually hurting after a loss like that,” he acknowledged.
“You go down in historical past with that defeat. I take my portion of the blame. Sooner or later I will write about it.
“After being sacked, I discovered that the choice to eliminate me had been made earlier than this defeat.”