Setién said in a press conference that the players and the coaching staff are more focused on this Thursday’s match against Athletic Bilbao, in San Mamés, for the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup – GloboEsporte.com follows in real time at 5 pm ( from Brasilia).
– We talked a few minutes about the topic with the cast in training. What interests me is football, the rest are situations that I understand that I will not be able to control, so I don’t wear out with that – added Setíen.
Barcelona coach Quique Setién training on Wednesday – Photo: EFE
In an interview with the Catalan sports daily “Sport”, Abidal, who is a former player of the club, justified the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde, among other reasons, stating that “many players were not satisfied nor worked hard” under the command of the former coach .
These statements did not please Messi, who immediately responded with a message on Instagram, asking that “when talking about players, you should give names, otherwise we will be dirtying everyone and feeding things that are said and are not true”. The Argentine star also asked club officials to “assume their responsibilities”.
Setién denied having talked to Messi specifically on this issue, saying the star “has enough experience and ability to decide what to do”.
– I will not meddle in Messi’s life, nor in anyone’s life. I have to make my players happy, that the arguments we present on the pitch are good for them to see that they will grow and we will win, the rest does not concern me – continued the coach, who praised the attitude of his main player in the day to day of the club.
– I see him excited, smiling, well, he likes to come and train, he likes to be here and I see him just like yesterday or the day before yesterday.
Messi hugs Umtiti in Barcelona training on Wednesday – Photo: EFE