Quique Setien is focusing on the upcoming Champions League tie without thinking about whether he could lose his job at Barcelona.
A host of high-profile managers, including Erik ten Haag, Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, and Xavi Hernandez, were linked with FC Barcelona following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.
Barca instead appointed a relatively lesser-known Quique Setien on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
To put it simply, Setien’s appointment is yet to bring any improvement in the team. If anything, he has fared worse than his predecessor.
Barca were atop the La Liga table when Valverde was sacked back in January. Fast forward a few months, and they have lost the title to Real Madrid. Moreover, they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey.
Reports have been circulating that the Barca hierarchy are considering parting ways with the 61-year old, and the outcome of the upcoming Champions League clash against Napoli could heavily influence their decision.
“The truth is that the thought never crossed my mind this might be the last game at Barcelona. We focused only on this match, aware we can reach the Final Eight in Lisbon,” Setien told in his pre-match press conference [via Football Italia]
“We studied Napoli carefully and the various situations that could develop. They are very disciplined, close the spaces, and have a lot of quality.
“I cannot decide if we win or lose, but I can say we are preparing this match for a victory and to make our fans happy.”