Quique Setien stayed with FC Barcelona for just over half a year. His final record: The disastrous 2-8 in the Champions League quarter-finals against FC Bayern. After that, the 62-year-old had to leave. A few weeks later, he talked about his end to the Catalans and what role Lionel Messi played in it.
„After I left, I realized that I should have made other decisions at certain times, but there’s something above one: the club,” Setien said in an interview with “El Pais“ with former Real Madrid and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque. „He’s above the president, the player, the coach. It’s the club and its fans. They’re the ones you owe the greatest respect to and you have to do what’s best
for the club as a whole.“ Barça’s motto “More than one club“ (Més que un club) was quickly felt by Setien. And also the immense influence of superstar Messi – as brilliant as he plays. „I think Messi is the best of all time,” said the Spaniard. „There have been other great players who have been great, but no one has had the continuity this boy has had over the years.“
But: „Leo is hard to train. Who am I to change it! If they have accepted him for years as he is and have not changed him,” said Setien, describing Messi as silent and „very reserved,” „but he makes you see the things he wants.”