La Liga slip leads to rift between Barcelona players, manager Setien

Xavi says hopes to coach Barcelona in the future

Barcelona mull plan to sack Setien as players row with boss

Only winning La Liga or the Champions League will save Quique Setien's job at Barcelona, amid reports of a growing rift between the players and coaching staff at Camp Nou.

Setien was hired in January and is signed until June 2022.

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

Barcelona's latest struggles have led to rumors that the manager is in danger of losing his job.

Although Setien conceded it is normal to have occasional differences, he insisted the squad is unified despite the apparent issue with Sarabia and the fact certain publications have suggested the head coach himself has a strained relationship with Messi.

When asked how he would solve any issues similar to those appearing at Barca, he added: "I wouldn't tell you, and I would try to solve it naturally in our camp, which is the dressing room or the training session".

But ahead of the crunch clash with Atletico, Setien has at least been handed a show of support from club figures who visited his home on Monday, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona will be facing Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night in their next La Liga game in which a win for the Catalans will help their quest of retaining the title.

Barca host Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Tuesday amid a hard situation, with media reports claiming Setien and his coaching staff are at odds with key players .

Barcelona can climb into first place with a win against Atletico. Real Madrid leads Barcelona by two points and battles Getafe on Thursday. Barcelona has just six games left of their schedule.

Xavi, who made a record 767 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions, has now changed his mind and would return to his old club as the current boss, Setien, could be sacked at the end of the 2019-20 season.

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