After the embarrassing 2-8 defeat against Bayern, Barça coach Quique Setién and president Josep Bartomeu spoke to the press. Firstly, here is what Setién had to say:
What do you think of Piqué’s remarks?
“I have only been at the club for 6 months. I cannot comment on what internal changes must be made within the club.”
On the loss
“It is a tremendously painful defeat. The team has been overwhelmed.”
Coutinho returning next season?
“We’ll see if I continue at the club.”
On his future
“Whether I continue at the club is not up to me.”
“The truth is that we are frustrated. Something surely needs to change. We must understand what this embarrassing defeat means for everyone at the club.”
What hurt you the most tonight?
“What hurt me is a painful defeat, and what it means for the Barça fans. We apologize to the fans for this result. Trust in the coach reduces and deteriorates after a loss like that.”
Now, some words from the Barça president Bartomeu:
“What Piqué said is right. There must be some decisions made. We will announce some important decisions in the coming days.”
On Setién’s future
“I am not going to comment on him today.”
“It is a moment to think and reflect in order to make the right decisions for the benefit of the club.”
On early club elections
“It is not the time to make impulsive decisions.”
“I apologize to the fans. I apologize to the socios. I apologize to the board members. I apologize to everyone. I congratulate Bayern Munich.”
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.