Rivaldo – Barca disrespected Valverde and will easily sack Setien

Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo believes that Erenesto Valverde was disrespected by Barcelona and says that Quique Setien will be sacked with ease if things do not turn out well at the Camp Nou.

It can be recalled that Valverde was dismissed by Barca on Monday after negotiations with Xavi at the weekend were revealed and eventually replaced with Quique Setien who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal.

“At the end of the day, it’s never a good thing to be negotiating with a new coach while the current one is still working for you.”

According to Rivaldo, Barca had no choice but to hire Setien because they were left with very little options after negotiations with Xavi came to light


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“I think Barca have hired Setien because, having unsuccessfully gone after Xavi and [Ronald] Koeman, there was no going back on sacking Valverde,” he said. “It wouldn’t have made sense to keep on Valverde after all that, so they had to go with their third choice.”

“It wouldn’t be a big problem if Barcelona have to change coach again.”

“I’m convinced that Xavi will sign as coach of Barcelona in future and he is already preparing for it,” the World Cup winner said.


“I believe he rejected Barca’s offer because he is not ready to assume the role at this early stage of his new job as a coach.”

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