8 reasons why Quique Setien Failed at Barcelona

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It all began in 2008 when Frank Rijkaard was sacked, Pep Guardiola was appointed, Tito Villanova was diagnosed of parotid gland cancer, Gerardo Martino left in 2014 due to pressures, Luiz Enrique succeeded at the club, Ernesto Valverde failed twice in Europe, and Quique Setien inexperience exposed him just eight months in charge.

“The problems at Barcelona could be resolved in weeks, in months, or in years, if the board does the right thing. Lionel Messi is not happy currently, and reports from MARCA suggest that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona this summer, despite having a contract with them until 2021.

“The Netherlands coach, Ronald Koeman, was tipped by analysts as the next coach of Barcelona, despite Barcelona still searching for the perfect man for the job to replace Quique Setien as Barcelona manager.

“The fans are watching, analysts are analysing, players are hoping, while other managers are waiting to see the choice of a manager Barcelona would appoint.

Here are 8 reasons why Quique Setien failed at Barcelona.

1. Lionel Messi

“Lionel Messi is one of the major reasons why Quique Setien failed at Barcelona. Before Quique Setien was appointed by Barcelona to replace Ernesto Valverde, the Spanish tactician was a good chess player and was well-respected by those he had played with. After his appointment, he said this in an interview with the media, he said “football is like a chess game to me, and Lionel Messi will be my queen. He also said “(chess teaches you) patience, the capacity for analysis, control of your emotions”. His reliance on Lionel Messi led to Barcelona unable to win five matches in which Lionel Messi did not score.

2. Wrong Time

“in January 2020, Quique Setien was appointed manager to replace the sacked Ernesto Valverde. He had little time to sign players for the improvement of the squad, because he did not begin the season with them. He came at the wrong time to inherit a weak squad Ernesto Valverde could not strengthen. Jose Mourinho had the same issue at Tottenham in the Premier League, but was lucky to secure European football for Tottenham next season.

3. Lack of control

“All Barcelona coaches have had this issue of controlling players since Frank Rijkaard was sacked in May 2008. Pep Guardiola had this issue with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which led to both of them having a bad relationship to date. Barcelona coaches have all complained of their inability to control players in the dressing room, most especially after half-time during matches. Luis Enrique also had a problem with Jordi Alba, which resulted in the Spanish tactician leaving the Spanish left-back in his Spain squad.

“With Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Bousquet, it is evident that Quique Setien could not deal with the arrogance of these players, and they get angry if substituted by the managers during matches.

4. Board decisions

“It is evident, and the blind can see it, that Barcelona’s biggest problem is the board members, most especially Eric Abidal and Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

“The Board members took away the privilege of Managers to sign players according to their taste and took the responsibility by themselves, despite lacking the experiences needed to manage a club as a coach. Their transfer policy has led to them squandering funds for flops like Arthur, Griezmann, and Coutinho, with the laters up for sale.

“Their recent signing of Martin Braithwaite on 20 February 2020, who later became a flop at Barcelona, shows that the Board has done more damage to the club in the last 8 months than Quique Setien.

5. Overhaul

“Quique Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde to become Barcelona coach eight months ago, after half a season gone precisely. He was expecting, or would have been hoping that he would have enough time to sign players that will strengthen the squad at Barcelona during summer transfer. He would have loved to axed Jordi Alba, Sergio Bousquet, Luiz Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Gerrad Pique, and Samuel Umtiti, with all players too old to remain in the squad for another one season.

6. Tactics

“it is a common tradition at Barcelona, that, if you wish to succeed at Barcelona, then you must use the 4-3-3 attacking formation, with Lionel Messi playing from the right-wing.

“Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique, and Tito Villanova used the 4-3-3 attacking formation, full of possessions and control at the midfield, while Ernesto Valverde, Gerardo Martino, and Quique Setien, preferred the 4-5-1 formation.

“But since Ernesto Valverde took over, Barcelona tiki-taka brand of football has disappeared, and players were made to defend rather than attack during games. The match against Bayern Munich is enough evidence to prove this fact.

“Quique Setien formations during games are based on his ideas from chess games. He once said, if you are playing the chess game, then you must control the middle. that was exactly what he was doing at Barcelona (controlling the midfield) in his first 10 games at the club. But he later failed and was sacked.

7. Inexperience

“Quique Setien last job before his appointment at Barcelona was Spanish Club Real Betis. The 61-year-old Spanish tactician has managed six clubs and one African country (Equatorial Guinea), before he was appointed by Barcelona.

“It is evident that Barcelona Board always goes for cheap managers that will not cost the club so much money for his salary.

“All clubs he has managed since 2001 are all low standard clubs, with so many of them haven’t played in Europe. Quique Setien inexperience in challenging for big titles like the La Liga and UCL, resulted in Barcelona losing both titles, not in a humble way, but in a humiliating way. He hasn’t competed in Europe in all his life as a manager, since he began his managerial career with Racing Santander in 2001.

8. Injuries and Suspensions

“Before the match against Bayern Munich, Quique Setien told the press during his press conference with them, that he was having only 14 fit players, and could be forced to bring in youth players from the academy. Injuries and suspensions ruined his time at Barcelona, most especially Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez

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