Bartomeu set to meet with Setién today amidst the coach’s unclear future
Being a Barcelona coach must be one of the most difficult jobs in the whole world of football. And the still-fresh gaffer Quique Setién is set to experience that on his own skin as the reports claim he is set to meet with Jose-Maria Bartomeu later on today.
If the updates are true, the president wants to find out first-hand how exactly his team feels after the latest loss to Osasuna which lead to Real Madrid claiming the LaLiga title for themselves. Naturally, the club don’t want to rush into decisions, meaning that Setién might not be sacked right there and then, but his future is uncertain, to say the least.
While the former Real Betis man is not expected to be thrown out the exit door immediately, it may very well be that he won’t be sitting on that bench come August and the return leg of the Champions League clash with Napoli.
Lionel Messi Claims Barcelona Are “Weak & Vulnerable” After Surrendering La Liga Title
Lionel Messi has hit out at ‘weak and vulnerable’ Barcelona after his side were beaten to the La Liga title by Real Madrid following a 2-1 loss to Osasuna.
Barcelona sit seven points behind champions Madrid, who have won all ten of their games since the restart, with three draws as well as last night’s defeat proving costly to Messi and co. since football has returned.
The Catalan side had won the last two La Liga titles and speaking after Thursday night’s defeat Messi could not hide his frustrations at having to surrender the crown to their greatest rivals.
“To be honest, this is not the way we wanted things to end, but tonight’s game is a microcosm of our entire season, Messi told Spanish TV channel Movistar + as reported by AS.
“We’ve been too weak and vulnerable. It’s not normal that another team beats us for intensity and desire. We dropped too many points along the way and that sums up our season.
“Real Madrid did what they had to do after the restart and didn’t drop any points, we helped them along the way by losing points that we should not have let slip.
“We need to take a look at ourselves. We are Barcelona and we should be winning everything.”
Liverpool to take Lille striker from the grasp of Napoli
Victor Osimhen has been expected to sign for Napoli, but the Lille forward could possibly move to England instead, with Premier League champions Liverpool showing interest in the Nigerian international.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation for the French side, scoring 13 goals in 27 Ligue 1 matches in 2019/20, and the Neapolitans were preparing an €81 million for him but both clubs have not been able to find an agreement.
Sportitalia reports that the agent of Osimhen is taking the time to speak to English giants Liverpool and Manchester about the Nigerian striker and the Reds are the most likely to make Lille an offer.
Napoli are looking for another striker to bolster the attack with Polish international Arkadiusz Milik being linked with a move to either Juventus or AC Milan while they already purchased Andrea Petagna from SPAL in January.
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