FC Barcelona coach Quique Setién wanted to downplay what happened between Leo Messi and his second coach, Eder Sarabia, in the draw against Celta de Vigo in Balaídos, and he pointed out that there can always be “differences” of judgment in football and has assured that he, when he was a player, was not “easy” for his coaches to deal with either.
“Nothing happened. An indication and that’s it. I don’t know what you want me to tell you. It is true that there are always controversies. Just like in life, everyone has their own way of seeing things and thinking, it is normal that there are differences sometimes in the decisions we make. I was not an easy player either, because you have your vision of things, “he said at a press conference.
During the hydration break, Sarabia addressed a Messi who turned his back on him and left, ignoring his instructions. “We have to convince everyone that the common idea is what must be defended. But I understand this as something natural and there is good communication, these are specific issues to which I do not attach any importance,” he assured.
Still, he believes that all players must learn to put the team above them. “We all have to give up a part of us, including footballers, for the good of the team. Not everything you would like you can do. You have to act as a team and sometimes sacrifice certain personal things, it is what will give us victory most of the time, “he said.
On a personal level, he did acknowledge that he had not experienced something like this before. “I have no problem admitting that this situation I am experiencing is new to me, at this level. You are finding out more and more things and you are doing what you really want to do. These are processes and time is placing everyone in his place “, he was sincere.
He also believes that the noise is media, not internal to the team, and pointed to the tie in Vigo as the focus of the problem. “When there are no victories, when an isolated play like that of the foul costs us the tie and you don’t win, everyone scores points. It is the circus in which we are mounted. There are specific moments when someone cannot agree, but I don’t perceive any problem that is worth mentioning, far from it, “he concluded.
“I don’t feel less strong at all, I feel the same and I’m going to feel that way until the last day. I’m doing everything I know and I can so that this goes well, that we win and play the best we can. This is what I leave calm and relieved, sometimes the results do not depend on me. We are doing a good job, we are improving. But I know that victories hide things and that defeats lead to this. When you win you enjoy and when you lose, you stick, “he argued .
Ahead of this Tuesday’s match against Atlético Madrid, third-placed, he predicted that it will be difficult. “Defensively, he is tremendously solid, he makes his goals very profitable and he is not an easy rival. It is a team that makes it very difficult, but you have to have the ability to hone a lot and move well between the lines. You have to have lucidity and precision to move in spaces as defined as they are going to leave, “he said.
“The rest of the matches will be as important as this one. For us, winning has become an already tremendously decisive issue. Anything can happen, but every time the matches are reduced and the margin we have is less. We are going to give it the importance due to this match, “he said, facing the LaLiga leadership, now being two points behind Real Madrid who have won everything after the break.
As for Arthur Melo, he confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season, to go to Juventus in a possible barter of operations with Miralem Pjanic, and that he is sure that he will give everything until the end of the season after the talk he has starred in before training this Monday.
“Arthur has said the same thing I said about what we expect from him, that I have no doubt about his commitment. He is still a Barcelona player until the last game of this season, he has promised that he will be one more, that he will to dedicate himself fully to achieving the objectives that we have set. I have no doubt about him, he will be honored until the last day, “he said.