Quique Setien: Barcelona manager denies any personal rift with Lionel Messi

Quique Setien: Barcelona manager denies any personal rift with Lionel Messi

- Quique Setien has been criticised for his tactical approach against Celta Vigo

- Barcelona gave up the lead twice as the entertaining fixture ended 2-2

- The Catalan giants have dropped four points since La Liga resumed

Sequel to reports that there is serious in-fighting within the Barcelona football club, team manager Quique Setien has denied any personal rift with Lionel Messi.

Earlier reports from Spain suggest that the Barcelona’s internal crisis has taken a new turn when a footage of Lionel Messi ignoring assistant manager Eder Sarabia’s instructions emerged online.

The clip showed the Argentine star publicly ignoring Quique Setien's No 2 as the crisis reached a new height when Barcelona dropped points at Celta Vigo.

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Barcelona players expressed displeasure towards their manager Quique Setien following their 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in their La Liga meeting last weekend.

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The entire squad was left frustrated and it birthed serious altercation in the dressing room with the handler.

Barcelona manager Quique Setien reacts to rumours of fierce rift with Lionel Messi

Quique Setien leading a Barcelona training session. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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They were said to have criticised his tactics throughout the match and the players were said to have faulted Setien's decision to replace Suarez with Antoine Griezmann despite scoring two goals in the game.

It became worse after introducing Juventus-bound Arthur Melo for promising youngster Riqui Puig four minutes to the end of the meeting.

In his reaction, Setien disclosed that players and coaching staff have cordial relationships and that he does not have a rift with Messi.

"In reality it is true that there are always controversies, as in life, and it is normal that there are differences," he said of the Messi-Sarabia incident.

"But this has always happened. I was not an easy player either. What we have to try to do is to convince everyone of the common idea.

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"I understand it as something natural. There is good communication. I don't give it any importance."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Real Madrid moved two point clear at the top of La Liga after a 1-0 win against relegation-threatened Espanyol on Sunday, June 28.

Casemiro scored exactly in the 45th minute from close range after a brilliant back-heel assist from Karim Benzema.

But it was Espanyol who started the brighter side as a free-kick evaded everyone inside the box before Courtois showed great reflex to parry the ball into safety.

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