Tensions between the Barcelona squad and manager Quique Setién (and his second-in-command, Eder Sarabia) flared to a boiling point after a draw against Celta Vigo. This, to the point that one unnamed player has been quoted as likening the fallout to a legendary debacle in 2015, according to a new report.
Luis Enrique was nearly sacked midway through his first season in January 2015 after a 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad at Anoeta. The club went into full crisis mode and there was a very intense spat between the squad and the manager.
History could be repeating itself, although the report says the player assured that “things have been redirected” towards a more positive direction.
“There have been tense situations, but they have served for people to say things to each other’s faces, find positive conclusions, and get to a point at which we are all convinced that we have to be united for the rest of the season,” the player reportedly said.
Barcelona must be hoping that history is in fact repeating itself in full. After 2015’s loss, Luis Enrique was not sacked. Instead, his team responded with a thrilling win over Atlético Madrid, and eventually, a spectacular treble-winning end of the season.
And who is Barcelona’s opponent tonight? Atlético Madrid.