Former Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has admitted Lionel Messi is ‘tough to handle’ after struggling to stamp down his authority on the Argentina celebrity throughout his disastrous spell on the Camp Nou.
Setien lasted simply six months within the hotseat after changing Ernesto Valverde on the flip of the yr, with the humiliating 8-2 defeat by the hands of Bayern Munich within the Champions League again in August sealing his destiny.
A trophy-less marketing campaign resulted in Messi trying to drive a transfer away from the LaLiga giants, solely to make a sensational U-turn when it turned obvious he would develop into engulfed right into a authorized battle with Barca.
In an In an interview with former Actual Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque for El Pais, Setien gave an perception into what managing a six-time Ballon d’Or winner is like and hailed the 33-year-old as the best participant of all time.
“I feel Messi is the very best of all time,” Setien stated. “There have been different nice gamers who’ve been nice, however the continuity that this boy has had all through the years has not been had by anybody.
“Leo is tough to handle. Who am I to vary him if they’ve accepted him as he’s for years and haven’t modified him.
“There’s one other aspect past simply the participant and it’s tougher to handle. Far more tough.
“It’s one thing inherent in lots of athletes that may be seen within the Michael Jordan documentary [The Last Dance]. You see stuff you don’t anticipate.
“He’s very reserved however he makes you see the issues that he desires. He doesn’t discuss a lot.”
Setien additionally admitted that, in hindsight, he made selections that weren’t in the very best pursuits of the membership as an entire throughout his ill-fated stint at Barcelona.
He admitted: “After leaving what I’m clear on is that at sure occasions I ought to have made different selections, however there’s one thing above you: the membership.
“And it’s above the president, the participant, the coach. It’s the membership and the followers. They’re those to whom you owe the best respect, and you must do what’s most handy for the membership as an entire.”