Diego Simeone on Barcelona’s dressing room problems: Cup of coffee could help

Diego Simeone tried to avoid questions relating to the reports that the FC Barcelona dressing room has lost confidence in head coach Quique Setien. The Argentinian did, however, emphasised the importance of managing the squad’s emotions during a long and hard season in the Spanish La Liga.

On Monday rumours emerged that Barcelona’s squad have lost confidence in Setien’s abilities as a coach and have asked the board to sack the former Real Betis boss. Simeone was asked about the matter ahead of the mid-week clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but the coach was typically reluctant to answer

“You know me, I don’t give my opinion on what’s going on in other dressing rooms,” Simeone told reporters ahead of their clash on Wednesday. “I just make an opinion on ours. We need to keep it protected, always take care of it and always manage the feeling of the players, which is the most important for a squad.”

“The most important thing is to manage, in my team, the emotional part, which I consider to be the key part.” Asked on how he would solve the issues at Barcelona, he said: “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. A cup of coffee could also be there in any informal chat that could help for solving any internal issue.”

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