Barcelona almost lost the championship, but not only Kike Setien is to blame

If you watched just one Barça game this season and happened to be watching TV on Sunday, you would not believe your eyes. Yes, this is the same team! That “Barcelona” for which total possession and pressure are the hallmarks of style. A team playing compactly without the ball, building positional attacks. The same dashing “Leopard”, to which hordes of gloryhunters flocked. This is not a cautious and sometimes cowardly Barcelona Ernesto Valverde, who flew out of the Champions League twice with a crash when the ticket to the next stage was already rustling in your pocket. Sunday Barca would disdain to put the bus, such a hell is not kidding, and tiki-taku could remember.

And how would you be surprised to learn that the coach who fashioned all this beauty is in disgrace and with a 99.9% probability will be kicked out of the club.

But what is Kike Setien doing wrong? Isn’t that what the fans dream about, the return of Barcelona style? Under Valverde, there was no spark in the game of the Catalans, but the main thing remained – his approach allowed them to take trophies. The golden double in the first season, the championship in the second – with all “but” Ernesto has something to boast about. Under Setien, the “blue-garnet” run the risk of being left with nothing.

When a picture of the celebrating Madrid appears before our eyes, the circumstances of Quique’s arrival are instantly forgotten. What would you do with a rash-trained superstar led by the infallible Messi, whose word is hundreds of times more powerful than yours? Surely they would first try to establish contact with the pantheon, and only then gently and gradually, little by little, they would begin to bend their line. Setien, in all likelihood, went overboard initially – and now the cameras now and then snatch shots when the mentor tries to explain something on the field, and the leaders show disdain with all their looks.

But 17-year-old Ansu Fati listens. He, like Pucha, Collado, Araujo, it was Setien who began to actively connect to the base. And what is really there, young people often show themselves no worse than, for example, Griezmann, who has been trying to adapt for a year already. Yes, Antoine scored “Villarreal” after a combination-candy, but before that he was silent for eight rounds. And again, it would seem, everyone should be in the black: under Valverde, almost half a billion was spent on transfers, and who played in the end? The question is rhetorical. Setien is ready to work with those who are, to involve the graduates of “La Masia”.

But the coach is not allowed to calmly sum up the change. Therefore, Griezmann is obliged to get time on the field: already the agents of “PSG” on him seemed to go. Setien constantly between two, three, five fires: Valverde did not pay much attention to physical training (there is a theory that it was because of this that his team faded in key matches at the end of the season) and besides, you are faced with a misunderstanding of the “old people” who were spoiled by Ernesto; you try to rely on young people – Bartomeu threatens with a finger, preoccupied with advertising a product … Jurgen Klopp sculpted his Liverpool for three years – Setien came to Barça at the most unfortunate time you can imagine, and must produce results at the snap of your fingers It is clear that the first and main in a series of Setenov’s problems is the lack of respect for Messi and his entourage. The king of football in the club has long been superior to the coach and president. It is scary to imagine what image and financial losses the Argentinean’s departure will entail. And right now, Leo, who has suspended negotiations to extend the contract with the Catalans, is blackmailing the leadership of the departure to Manchester City to Josep Guardiola. “I am not going to reveal details, but Messi has said many times that he wants to end his career at Barcelona, ​​ – quoted by Goal Bartomeu. – We are negotiating with many players. Messi wants to stay and finish his career here. He still has many years ahead of him, and we want to enjoy his game for a long time. “ Who knows, perhaps the “details” that the Barça president casually mentions include Lionel’s demand to change the coach. According to Marca, the misunderstanding between the leading footballers and the 61-year-old specialist is hopeless. Aside from Setien, the Catalan stars are annoyed by assistant coach Eder Sarabia. Much more comfortable Leo, his friend Suarez and the rest would be under the wing of Xavi’s former partner. A theory is being spun in the media according to which the current head coach of Qatar’s Al-Sadd may lead Barça after the next summer elections for a new head of the Blue Garnet. El Mundo Deportivo claims that specifically for such a scenario, Xavi left a compensation clause in a new contract with a team from Doha. Zidane succeeded – why not try the ex-captain of the Blaugrana? Marca writes that they can part with Setien at any time – it all depends on the development of the championship race in La Liga, so Xavi can already guess a flight in difficult times for flights.

The title at home, “Real” will not give up: a four-point lead four rounds before the end of the championship is too camphor an advantage. Bartomeu can blame VAR, who “always favors one team,” but the problem is with Barça itself. Setien did not become a psychologist that he would quietly cleanse the hut of litter, but on the contrary, acted as an additional irritant – the negative continued to pour out. Xavi or any other coach will get, if not a wasp hive, then certainly not an exemplary farm. If poor Kike is allowed to finalize before the Champions League restart, players will have to curb their pride, otherwise the season will end completely bleak. In the meantime, in the Catalan kingdom, everyone is for himself.

EuroBet : Barcelona will win at home on July 8 at home against Espanyol in the 35th round of the Spanish championship – 1.12. The match will end in a draw – 8.80. Barcelona will lose to Espanyol at 22.00.

Barcelona will score over 3.5 goals – 2.96. The hosts will win by two goals – 3.80.

Barça will win, but both teams will score – 2.83.

Barça will win a strong-willed victory – 7.80.

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