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Barcelona stars ‘in livid bust-up with under-fire trainer Quique Setien after Celta Vigo draw’

Barcelona stars ‘involved in furious bust-up with under-fire coach Quique Setien after Celta Vigo draw’ with players ‘unhappy at decision to bring on Antoine Griezmann and Arthur Melo’

  • Barcelona suffered a painful 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon
  • The result allowed Real Madrid to go top of La Liga with just six games to play
  • The Catalan side’s players clashed with manager Quique Setien after the game
  • The players complained about tactical decision by the Barcelona head coach 

Barcelona players were involved in a dressing room bust-up with under-fire manager Quique Setien following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The Catalan club twice surrendered leads away at relegation-threatened Celta which allowed Real Madrid to leapfrog them to the top of the La Liga table after they edged past Espanyol on Sunday night.

Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez, who scored twice in the disappointing draw, told reporters after the game that the club’s coaches were to blame for Barcelona’s poor away form, which has seen them pick up just two wins from their last six games on the road. 

Barcelona players were involved in a changing room bust-up after a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo

Barcelona players were involved in a changing room bust-up after a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo

The players voiced their disapproval at manager Quique Setien's tactical decisions in the game

The players voiced their disapproval at manager Quique Setien’s tactical decisions in the game

But, according to Spanish news outlet Marca, the frustration spilled into the changing rooms, with some of Barcelona’s playing staff criticising Setien’s tactical decisions throughout the match.

The most notable area of complaint from the playing staff was Setien’s decision to bring on Antoine Griezmann for two-goal hero Suarez with just under ten minutes to play.

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In addition, Setien brought off promising youngster Riqui Puig for Juventus-bound Arthur Melo with four minutes left which further angered some of the Barcelona players.

Marca report that this is not the first time the Barcelona players have clashed with Setien on matters surrounding tactical decisions, leading to a growing lack of harmony between manager and squad.

Reports claim there is a clear lack of harmony between players and the coach at the club

Reports claim there is a clear lack of harmony between players and the coach at the club

One of the complaints was the choice to bring on Antoine Griezmann (right) for Luis Suarez

One of the complaints was the choice to bring on Antoine Griezmann (right) for Luis Suarez

Barcelona took a first-half lead through Suarez’s 20th minute strike, but were pegged back five minutes after the break through Russian Fyodor Smolov’s equaliser. 

Suarez re-established the Catalan side’s lead a little over 15 minutes later with a smart turn and finish, but a late free-kick leveller by former Liverpool man Iago Aspas in the 88th minute meant the points were shared. 

After the match, Suarez was quick to point the finger at those responsible for giving away the two leads.  

Suarez (front) had twice given Barcelona the lead against Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon

Suarez (front) had twice given Barcelona the lead against Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon

But a late leveller from Iago Aspas (right) earned Celta a draw and knocked Barca off top spot

But a late leveller from Iago Aspas (right) earned Celta a draw and knocked Barca off top spot

When asked why Barcelona had dropped points again away from home, he said: ‘I think that’s why coaches are there, to analyse those situations. We’re there to do our best on the pitch. 

‘Away from home, we’re dropping important points that we didn’t usually drop in other seasons.’ 

One of the reasons why Setien’s predecessor, Ernesto Valverde, was sacked in January was due to a poor away form and the inability to keep clean sheets on the road. 

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Meanwhile, a first-half strike from Casemiro saw Real Madrid replace Barcelona at the top of the Spanish top-flight with six games to play.

Barcelona’s will host Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp next as they look to make up the two-point gap between them and their fierce rivals Real.


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