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Papers: ‘The Messi plan’; ‘Setién’s test’

The coach is fighting for his future but he has a plan, both for himself and his biggest star.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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It goes without saying that Barcelona are expected to win everything every single year. To go without a trophy, therefore, would be catastrophic. But according to today’s papers, Quique Setién’s plan for Lionel Messi is looking to improve the team while also easing the burden on the Argentine’s shoulders.

Sport are focusing on the coach’s future at Barcelona, saying that he’s fighting for his dear life and needs to do well if he’s to stay in Catalonia for a while longer.

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Luckily for him, as the paper outlines, the club still has full confidence in their man and trusts in his abilities. For that reason, they are yet to contact any other coach to potentially replace the former Real Betis man, despite some reports stating the opposite.

Still, some things will have to change in order for all of that to work out and Setién’s plan for Messi might just be what helps him even the odds. Mundo Deportivo say he has an idea of how to balance the team and help Leo out in the process as well.

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Setién wants his star to spend less energy and get more support from his midfield when it comes chance creation and creativity, both of which were almost exclusively coming from Messi himself.

But this way, Leo could stay higher and be the one receiving the passes in dangerous positions rather than dishing them out consistently from the deep.

In theory, it could solve a lot of Barcelona’s problems. Let’s wait and see if it works…

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Messi and Suarez share a farewell message for Arturo Vidal

Zafer Cincil

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Inter Milan announced the signing of Arturo Vidal who will join the Italian club after his medical tests. Barcelona heavy-weights Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez shared a message to the Chilean:

Lionel Messi: “I knew you from facing each other, and you always seemed like a phenomenon, but then I was lucky enough to meet you personally and you surprised me even more. It was two years of sharing a lot of things and you noticed a lot, the locker room will miss you. I wish you all the best in this new phase at your new club. Our paths will cross again for sure.”

Luis Suarez: “Having you as a rival was unbearable because of how great you are as a player, but having you as a teammate, friend, and knowing you as a person is even bigger! A pleasure to have been with a star player like you. I wish you all the best.”

Vidal played a total of 96 games for Barcelona, scoring 11 goals and making 10 assists during the two seasons he spent at the Catalan club.

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