MADRID (AFP) – Barcelona coach Quique Setien insisted his relationship with the players is good, despite reports of unrest in the dressing room and tension between Lionel Messi and Setien’s assistant, Eder Sarabia.
An angry exchange of views reportedly followed Barca’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo last weekend, a result that allowed Real Madrid to go two points clear at the top of La Liga by beating Espanyol.
Footage also appeared to show Messi pointedly ignoring Sarabia, with the Argentinian turning away from Setien’s number two as he tried to give him instructions during a cooling break.
“There are always controversies, like in life, because we all have our own way of seeing things and thinking,” said Setien in a press conference yesterday.
“But this is normal. I was not an easy player to deal with either. You have your own vision and the important thing is to convince everyone to defend a common cause.
“But I see it as something natural. I think the communication is good and I don’t attach importance to specific incidents.”