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Sport Simeone responds to Messi-Setien rift rumours ahead of Barca's clash with Atletico

03:25  30 june  2020
03:25  30 june  2020 Source:   goal.com

Simeone emphasises importance of managing emotions as he dodges Messi-Setien rift talk

  Simeone emphasises importance of managing emotions as he dodges Messi-Setien rift talk Barcelona are plagued by reports of internal squabbling, and Diego Simeone stressed the importance of controlling a squad's emotions.Barca host Simeone's Atletico Madrid on Tuesday amid a difficult situation, with media reports claiming Setien and his coaching staff are at odds with key players.

Barca twice let a one-goal lead slip against Celta Vigo at the weekend, the second equaliser coming with two minutes to go. Mario Hermoso and Sime Vrsaljko are both injured for Atletico , but boss Diego Simeone has an otherwise fit squad from which to pick.

Barça host Simeone 's Atletico Madrid on Tuesday amid a difficult situation, with media reports claiming Setien and his coaching staff are at odds with key players. A clip from Barca ' s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday went viral on social media due to it appearing to show Lionel Messi ignoring

Diego Simeone wearing a black shirt © Getty Images

Diego Simeone tried to sidestep a question relating to reports Barcelona coach Quique Setien has lost the support of key players but emphasised the importance of managing a squad's emotions.

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

A clip from Barca's 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday went viral on social media as it appeared to show Lionel Messi ignoring Setien's assistant Eder Sarabia.

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.

'Griezmann does a commendable job'– Setien says forward remains an 'important player' for Barca

  'Griezmann does a commendable job'– Setien says forward remains an 'important player' for Barca The Frenchman's struggles continued on Tuesday, but the club's manager backed him to figure it outA goal from Ansu Fati opened the scoring for Barca, with the young Spanish star shining throughout a strong performance.

Barca prepare for season-defining match with Atletico Madrid with Setien claiming that everything is good at the Camp Nou. Speaking ahead of that game, Quique Setien launched an attempt to try and sooth a few furrowed brows and talk down any notion of a disconnect between coach and players.

The squad trained for the final time before the visit of Atlético , a session that saw all the available players take part in the session, including Arthur, w One of the fixtures marked in red from the start of the season is now upon us as Diego Simeone ' s Atlético come to Camp Nou in La Liga on Tuesday.

Simeone, who is rarely forthcoming regarding internal matters in news conferences, was typically reluctant to appear as if he was offering an opinion on Barca's problems, though he did stress the importance of squad harmony.

"You know me, I don't give my opinion on what's going on in other dressing rooms," Simeone told a news conference on Monday.

"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."

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.

"A cup of coffee could also be there in any informal chat that could help for solving any internal issue."

In contrast to Barca, Atletico have been in good form since La Liga returned from the coronavirus-enforced break.

They have recovered from a difficult start to the season, winning their last four games and now looking safe in third place.

With six games to play, they hold a four-point advantage over Sevilla in fourth.

Setien ready to call on Arthur despite Juventus speculation .
Juventus might have already secured Arthur's services for next season by the time Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on Tuesday.Juve's Miralem Pjanic is set to move in the other direction, although both players will conclude the 2019-20 campaign at their current clubs.

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