La Liga slip leads to rift between Barcelona players, manager Setien

  • La Liga slip leads to rift between Barcelona players, manager Setien

La Liga slip leads to rift between Barcelona players, manager Setien

The relationship between FC Barcelona manager Quique Setien and his Spanish soccer squad has grown tense amid the team's slip from the top of the La Liga standings.

Barcelona chiefs have reportedly held an emergency meeting with head coach Quique Setien to reassure him that his position is safe despite increasing rumors of a rift with players and discontent over the club's form.

Ahead of the game Barca had won just three of their five games since the restart with draws away against Sevilla and Celta Vigo severely damaging their chances of retaining the title.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting director Eric Abidal, and fellow officials Oscar Grau and Javier Bordas all visited the coach to show solidarity, Marca said. The tie allowed Real Madrid to snatch first place in the league standings after the Barcelona rival's weekend win.

When asked how he would solve any issues similar to those appearing at Barca, he added: "I wouldn't tell you, and I would try to solve it naturally in our camp, which is the dressing room or the training session".

Barca host Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Tuesday amid a hard situation, with media reports claiming Setien and his coaching staff are at odds with key players . "But winning has become more decisive than ever because every game we play there is one fewer fixture left".

Lenglet, Griezmann and Co. will be back in action when Barca play host to Atletico in a must-win La Liga clash on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, leaders Real Madrid are set to take on Getafe in their next La Liga outing. While Valverde's was an equally divisive figure at Barcelona, he did leave with the club top of the table, having delivered consecutive league titles.

After the video went viral, Barcelona handler Setien explained that there is no row in his team insisting that all his players are together in harmony.