It is finally official. After only seven months since his arrival, Quique Setién has been removed from his coaching position at Barça. The news doesn’t come off as a surprise after Barça’s humiliating 8-2 loss against Bayern in the Champions League.
Quique Setién took over from Ernesto Valverde and arrived at the Camp Nou in January. The team went on to have a disappointing season, which was topped off by yet another historical hammering in Europe. The Catalans were at the top of the league table when Setién took charge, but they went on to give away the title to rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona has also announced that the new manager of the team will be announced this week, as part of a ‘wide-ranging restructuring’ of the first team. According to reports, club legend Ronald Koeman is at the top of the list of the candidates to succeed Setién at the Camp Nou.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.