The defeat this Friday against Bayern Munich has been a very hard blow for a Barcelona that after twelve seasons is blank again. Although it did not escape anyone that Bayern started as favorites in this quarterfinal clash, the culerada housed the hope of an improvement in the team or, otherwise, of the stellar appearance of Messi. And he was met with the biggest beating in history.
The focus is now focused on Quique Setién who has the hours counted. The Board had been probing the market for some time, especially after losing the League, looking for a replacement in case the Cantabrian had to be dismissed. The main candidate is Mauricio Pochettino with whom he already spoke before signing Setién in January. And don’t forget Ronald Koeman, who was also probed at the time. At this moment they are the two main candidates with an advantage for the Argentine.
Seven months after the replacement by Valverde on the Barca bench, it is evidence that the change was a mistake. It is true that the Valverde project was beginning to show signs of exhaustion . The coach’s concessions made the group comfortable, with bad training habits and poor performance on the pitch. The defeat in the Spanish Super Cup precipitated the relay.
Setién arrived in Barcelona with the Cruyffista poster , promising a return to the past that hoped the most purist fans, but reality gradually devoured the new coach . The results did not accompany practically from the beginning when they were eliminated in the Cup against Athletic.
But the worst was indoors. Setién has never come to connect with a squadthat did not understand his approach or behavior. The distance with the sacred cows was evident and Messi’s statements after the game against Osasuna were the proof.
Setién already finished very touched after losing the League. Bartomeu had to intervene so that a conversation with Messi took place in order to fix the relationship. More than an arrangement, what was signed was a truce for the Champions League. But as Messi said a few months ago, with what he had, he did not give to win the Champions League. And Bayern was in charge of giving authenticity to these words. However, nobody expected that Lisbon would turn into a shameful night for Barça fans.