Barcelona annoy Lionel Messi again with Quique Setien’s unwanted replacement

Barcelona are unhappy with Quique Setien and could how him the door soon.

Barcelona are now at the risk of lagging four points behind arch-rivals Real Madrid after their 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid. A Diego Costa and Lionel Messi goal which put the Catalans ahead on two occasions were cancelled out by Saul Niguez’s penalties in either half in a match that was full of tension and drama.

La Liga is now looking like an increasingly unlikely ambition for the Blaugrana and the UEFA Champions League is a rather distant dream for them as well given the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester City are at their best ahead of the mini-tournament in Lisbon. Quique Setien may just about live to see the end of this season as manager.

Diario GOL has reported that the club may hire Ronald Koeman as his successor in the 2020/21 season. Lionel Messi as always will have his say in the hiring process and doesn’t want the former defender to sign up as the head coach. Rather, the Argentina believes that someone with a greater spine and voice like Pep Guardiola or Xavi should be landed.

Messi is right in his judgement.

Xavi is currently in Qatar but has closely been linked with the Barca job whereas Pep remained coy on his future when asked if he would stay at the Etihad Stadium beyond 2021. However, both the former midfielders are not interested in working under Josep Maria Bartomeu and will wait until the next presidential elections before deciding.

While Ronald Koeman is certainly a good choice, Messi is right that he may not be the most tactically astute manager that the club needs. Instead, someone like Xavi who has been at the club for much longer and knows the latest systems in and out would be a better addition whereas the current City boss in Pep Guardiola would be an absolute dream.

Who do you think should replace the former Real Betis manager at the Camp Nou?