Barcelona coach Quique Setién forced to apologise to his players

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Dan Burke

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Barcelona boss Quique Setién has been forced to apologise to his players for his assistant’s behaviour during last Sunday’s defeat at Real Madrid.

Setién’s right-hand-man Eder Sarabia was caught on camera making disparaging comments about some of the Barça players during the 2-0 loss at the Bernabeu.

A lipreader hired by Spanish TV show Vamos claimed Sarabia criticised Antoine Griezmann for a missed chance and also used foul language towards the players.

Reports in Spain suggest the footage has not gone down well in the Blaugrana dressing room and speaking to El Periodico, Setién admitted an apology has been issued.

“We apologised to everyone, we cannot behave like that,” said Setién.

“We don’t like to see things like this, we have committed an error and we should try to avoid something like this happening again.

“This situation has affected me a lot, because I am concerned about the image of the club. We need to take care of that image, because we can be criticised for substitutions, tactics, etc, but not for our behaviour.

“It’s true that you have to understand how people are at certain moments, we are not all the same. Eder has a great temperament, and in many situations it helps us phenomenally well.

“But he has to learn to control himself. He’s trying to do that, he’s trying to improve in this area because we have had situations like this before. They are becoming rarer, but it’s something that we don’t like to see.

“It’s a bit of an embarrassment that this has become a news story and has provoked such a huge reaction.”

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Barça will be hoping to put the matter behind them and get back to winning ways against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

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