The FC Barcelona dressing room has “divorced itself” from Quique Setién, according to Marcelo Bechler, an extremely well-connected Brazilian journalist.
Bechler was the first to know that Neymar would leave FC Barcelona, so it is safe to say his knowledge of the Brazilian contingent at the club is unparalleled.
And there’s good reason to think this information comes from Arthur and Neto, Barcelona’s two Brazilian players - and perhaps especially the first. Bechler lists five key statements the dressing room has said, and one has to do with Arthur specifically.
“The players did not like how he treated Arthur on Friday,” one unnamed figure in the squad reportedly said.
The four other statements the report attributes to players are:
“The players do not speak to the manager.”
“The dressing room is not with Setién.”
“Today’s interview was yet another problem.”
“There is a huge problem in the coaching staff.”
The report does not reveal who said these things, only that the five statements were uttered by three different Barcelona players.
The report says that not only are the players annoyed with Setién, but the board itself regrets bringing the ex-Betis manager on board.