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Quique Setien insists relationship with Barcelona players is good

There were reportedly heated exchanges between players and management after the 2-2 draw with Celta

2:20pm on Monday 29th June 2020
Martin Macdonald

Barcelona head coach Quique Setien insists it is normal for questions to be asked following a poor result, and says there is no dressing room unrest at the Camp Nou after Real Madrid went two points clear in La Liga.

During the potentially damaging 2-2 draw with Celta, Lionel Messi appeared to turn his back on assistant coach Eder Sarabia during a water break, while post-match reports emerged that there were arguments in the dressing room.

One more poor result could lead to Setien losing his job, but the former Betis boss is unconcerned at the current criticism, and says squabbles after dropping points are normal.

Ahead of the Atletico Madrid match on Tuesday, he said: "There are always controversies, like in life, because we all have our own way of seeing things and thinking.

"But this is normal. I was not an easy player to deal with either. You have your own vision and the important thing is to convince everyone to defend a common cause.

"But I see it as something natural. I think the communication is good and I don't attach importance to specific incidents."

Setien is of the belief that when anything goes wrong at a club, the media “circus” will jump on it, no matter how significant or indeed insignificant.

"When you don't win and when there is a one-off moment like that free-kick, everyone looks for something,” he continued.

"This is the circus we're involved in. We are concerned with more general aspects. The relationship with the players is good.

"There are specific moments when there may be differences of opinion but I don't perceive any problem that is worth mentioning, far from it."

Barcelona were twice ahead against Celta through two strikes from Luis Suarez, but were eventually pegged back to 2-2 with two minutes to go due to a free-kick around the wall from Iago Aspas.

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