Quique Setién has a difficult time, perhaps the most difficult since he is at Barça. The results have made him losing the league leadership and his authority against the footballers seems questionable. The team is obliged to win the remaining six games to put Real Madrid to the limit and the first is against one of his archrivals: Atlético de Simeone, to whom he has thrown a few little darts in recent years. A defeat would be especially painful for the Cantabrian coach …
The culé coach does not like the style of Atleti and has not concealed it. For Setién it is very important how and He has informed Simeone directly.. “I love what you do, the titles, what you have achieved … but I don't like how your team plays, “ Quique once told him, when he was a coach in Las Palmas, to Cholo. At the Camp Nou he will be able to comment on it again, both aware that Barça can almost say goodbye to the League.
She is not the only chinita that Setién has thrown at Simeone's rojiblanco team. At the start of the 17-18 season, Betis fell 3-6 with Valencia (lost 0-4 in the 75th minute). The result was bad, but the game was fun, so the then-Betic coach understood that it could have been worse: “I prefer to lose like this and not, as I have seen this weekend, score, back out and be tied at the end”. The day before had been the Atlético-Barça. Saúl scored in the 20 'and Suárez equalized in the 80'.
Atlético's luck in Liverpool
More recently, Setién was not convinced by the way in which Atlético got rid of Liverpool in this Champions League., despite the rojiblancos winning both games. In an interview at El Larguero, the coach put that tie as an example of “luck” in football. Although it is true that Atleti suffered a lot at Anfield, Setién took the opportunity to insist on how little he likes the way the Rojiblancos do: “The one who gets it is the one who wins. It is a little sad that you only see the result. Because this game has a show component that we all like, some in one way and others in another. But in which I like sometimes the result does not compensate me. “
The last time Setién and Simeone crossed paths, the victory was for the Cantabrian (Betis 1-Atlético 0), although the global balance is seven wins to two for the Atleti coach. This Tuesday, Barça plays much more in the classification than the rojiblancos. Setien will have to combine aesthetics and the result, because he urges him to win in order not to say goodbye to the title.