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Barca in crisis ahead of UCL clash against Napoli
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Barca in crisis ahead of UCL clash against Napoli

Barcelona lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid but still have the UEFA Champions League to fight for, although it remains to be seen if they can get far in the competition with how average they've been this season by their standards. The Catalan club is reportedly in crisis ahead of the UCL Round of 16-second leg clash against Serie A outfit Napoli. Barcelona have struggled this season but it came as a little surprise when Ernesto Valverde was replaced with Quique Setien. The decision hasn't paid many dividends thus far as the same problems persisted under the new manager. It can be recalled that Valverde had Barcelona topping the league before his dismissal.  However, Setien couldn't replicate the feat for long and eventually lost the La Liga to perennial rivals Real Madrid. ...
Griezmann is a caricature of himself at Barcelona
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Griezmann is a caricature of himself at Barcelona

Former Real Sociedad boss Martin Lasarte has described Antoine Griezmann as a caricature of himself in a toxic environment that's now affecting him. The French forward has been on the bench in three of Barcelona's last four games including big games against the likes of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.  He was on the bench until the 90th minute against Atletico Madrid in the 2 all draw at Camp Nou on Tuesday with youngster Ansu Fati introduced ahead of him. Meanwhile, the Catalans will fall four points behind Real Madrid in the race for La Liga if Los Blancos beat Getafe on Thursday, amid reports that Setien has lost the backing of his players. READ: Klopp expects a four-team Premier League title race next season It was Martin Lasarte that handed Griezmann his professional debut...
Setien reveals plans for Messi and Suarez ahead of La Liga restart
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Setien reveals plans for Messi and Suarez ahead of La Liga restart

Barcelona boss Quique Setien has disclosed his plans for the club's return to action on Saturday against Real Mallorca, as well as the careful approach that will be adopted in handing out playing time to Luis Suarez. Setien will likely start Suarez in the game but admitted that it would be careless to give the veteran an extended run. He added that Lionel Messi will be 100% ready by the time action begins. "Luis Suarez could play from the start, but I find it reckless to make him play the whole game," Setien said in a chat with Tot Costa, via Barca Blaugranes. READ: James Rodriguez offered to Man United in a cut-price deal It can be recalled that the Uruguayan forward underwent surgery on his right knee in January. Before the procedure, his last game was in the semi-finals of t...
Setien – Last season’s UCL humiliation still affecting Barca stars
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Setien – Last season’s UCL humiliation still affecting Barca stars

Barcelona are set to face Napoli in the UCL tonight and the club's boss Quique Setien has admitted that last season's humiliation at the hands of Liverpool is still in the mind of the players ahead of the game against the Partenopei. Setien, 61, will be managing the first UCL game of his managerial career on Tuesday night after taking over from Ernesto Valverde at the Nou Camp. Barca will face Napoli at the San Paolo Stadium and Setien will be looking to avoid a repeat of recent exits at the hands of Liverpool and Roma. It can be recalled that Barca took a 3 nil lead to Anfield last season but were knocked out as Liverpool overturned the deficit and beat them 4 nil at Anfield. They were eliminated in the same fashion the previous season after winning 4:1 at the Camp Nou and losing 3 ...
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag blasts Barca’s advanced role for De Jong
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Ajax boss Erik ten Hag blasts Barca’s advanced role for De Jong

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has lashed out at Barcelona boss Quique Setien for deploying Frenkie de Jong in an advanced midfield role in his side. Since Setien's appointment, the Netherlands international has been playing a more advanced role and was on the scoresheet in the 3:2 win away to Real Betis. Although de Jong has established himself as a key man in the Barcelona first-team, Ten Hag criticized the club for playing him in a too-attacking position, claiming that the Dutch international is usually the one doing the supply. 'He is not a scorer,' Ten Hag explained on Dutch media outlet Ziggo Sport, as cited by Diario AS. READ: Juve to go all out for Pep Guardiola in the summer 'He is the player who is in charge of supplying, of supplying the teammates who give the assists or ...
Rivaldo – Barca disrespected Valverde and will easily sack Setien
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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 READ: Inter reach agreement with Man United for Ashley Young "I think Barca have hired Setien because...
Barca set to appoint Setien as Valverde replacement
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Barca set to appoint Setien as Valverde replacement

Barcelona have reportedly lined up former Real Betis coach Quique Setien as a possible replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Valverde oversaw training with the Catalan club on Monday but reports are rife that he would be sacked after two-and-a-half seasons in charge at the Camp Nou. Barcelona are expected to release a statement later on Monday evening after a lengthy board meeting was held earlier in the day with Setien's agent reportedly in the city and in negotiations with the club. GET THE LATEST FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR TODAY Live Football Streaming Over 1.5 Goals predictions for today BTTS Tips for today The former Betis boss has previously not hidden his admiration for Barcelona's style of football in the past and will take over on a short-term deal until the end of t...