Former Barcelona star, bojan krkic believes Setien shouldn’t have made those comments about Messi
After he got sacked from the club, formerBarcelona
made news by talking about Barcelona’s star,Lionel Messi
. He acknowledged Messi as one of the best players in history but also claimed:
“There's another facet beyond just the player and it's more difficult to manage. Much more difficult.”
Former Barcelona forward,
was surprised by Setien comments and believes he made a mistake, looking for excuses for his failure:
“Being part of Barca comes with a lot of hard work but it's also a privilege,”
"Quique Setien landed the top job and, despite everything, is now part of the club's history. No one can take that away from him, regardless of the fact Barca could clearly have done better with him in charge.
“Not everything that went wrong would have been to do with him but when things don't go as you hoped, what you shouldn't do is look for excuses elsewhere - especially in a public forum.
“For that reason, Setien's recent comments seemed unfortunate to me. To resort to excuses and to focus on the best player, I think is to shoot yourself in your foot if you want to coach a club of a certain size again in the future, where there are always strong characters in the dressing room.
“Because what was Setien's real problem? That Lionel Messi is difficult or that he and his staff were not capable of managing the level of demand that comes with these types of players? I think that's the key question.
“Setien was wrong to look for excuses outside and not look at himself, but what really concerns me is that this is a problem that's found too frequently at Barca.
“That's why I like Ronald Koeman's attitude so much. Beyond what's happening, he's showing that he's a coach with charisma and character. He's making decisions
with the club in mind (which may later prove incorrect) but at least he's making it obvious that he's not looking for excuses despite the difficulty of the situation.
“He could use many things as justification for results, but what he's done is make big choices without shaking. You feel something's being built and that is something right now.
“No one is looking for guilt at the moment and that invites me to think that a positive evolution is afoot. That motivates me. Time will tell.”
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