The Barcelona stars are “involved in a furious defeat with the shooting coach Quique Setien after Celta Vigo drew” with the players “unhappy with the decision to bring Antoine Griezmann and Arthur Melo”
- Barcelona suffered a painful 2-2 with Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon
- The result allowed Real Madrid to climb to the top of the La Liga with only six games to play
- The players of the Catalan team clashed with manager Quique Setien after the game
- The players complained about the tactical decision of the Barcelona head coach
Barcelona players were involved in a locker room with under-fire manager Quique Setien after their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday.
The Catalan club twice surrendered away to Celta, threatened by relegations, which allowed Real Madrid to jump at the head of the La Liga table after passing in front of Espanyol on Sunday evening.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, who scored twice in the disappointing draw, told reporters after the game that the club’s coaches were to blame for Barcelona’s poor away form, which saw them collect only two wins in the last six games played away.
Barcelona players were involved in a locker room after a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo
The players expressed their disapproval of manager Quique Setien’s tactical decisions in the game
But, according to the Spanish Marca store, frustration poured into the locker rooms, with some Barcelona staff members criticizing Setien’s tactical decisions during the game.
The most notable area of complaint by the game staff was Setien’s decision to bring Antoine Griezmann to the hero on two Suarez goals with just under ten minutes to play.
In addition, Setien brought the promising young Riqui Puig to the field for Arthur Melo with Juventus four minutes from the end, further angering some Barcelona players.
Marca reports that this is not the first time that Barcelona players have clashed with Setien on matters relating to tactical decisions, leading to a growing lack of harmony between manager and team.
Reports say there is a clear lack of harmony between the players and the club manager
One of the complaints was the choice to bring Antoine Griezmann (right) to Luis Suarez
Barcelona took the lead in the first half thanks to Suarez’s 20-minute strike, but was brought back five minutes after the breakdown of the Russian equalizer Fyodor Smolov.
Suarez restored the Catalan side’s lead just over 15 minutes later with a brilliant lap and a final, but a late punishment of punishment by ex-Liverpool man Iago Aspas in the 88th minute meant that the points were shared .
After the game, Suarez was quick to point the finger at those responsible for giving the two cables away.
On Saturday afternoon, Suarez (front) had twice given the lead to Barcelona against Celta Vigo
But a late leveler from Iago Aspas (right) earned Celta a draw and knocked Barca out of place
When asked why Barcelona had left points away from home again, he said: ‘I think that’s why the coaches are there to analyze those situations. We are there to do our best on the pitch.
“Away from home, we are dropping important points that we usually don’t fall in other seasons.”
One of the reasons why Setien’s predecessor Ernesto Valverde was fired in January was due to poor form and inability to keep the sheets clean on the road.
On Sunday, defender Gerard Pique launched a battle cry on Twitter, insisting that he and his teammates would not give up retaining the LaLiga title.
The Spanish star wrote: ‘Remember one thing, we are Barca and it’s not over yet. Fighting to the end is part of our DNA. Head high and Tuesday [against Atletico Madrid], we will all go!
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tweeted to tell fans they haven’t given up on the title yet
That tweet was posted a few hours before a Casemiro half-time strike saw Real Madrid replace Barcelona at the top of the table with six games to play.
The Brazilian scored the only goal while Zinedine Zidane’s men beat Espanyol 1-0 away from home to climb two points above their fierce opponents.
The next Barcelona will host Atletico at Camp Nou as they try to bridge the gap and put pressure on Karim Benzema and Co.