Crisis in Barcelona: Head Coach under scrutiny; Arthur- Pjanic deal confirmed
Quique Setien, the head coach at Barcelona has been unable to inspire the Catalan based club to achieve desired results and his tactics has come under scrutiny by the board and even questioned by players and fans of the club. Reports has it that the draw at Balaidos which tilted the race for the title in great favour of their Real Madrid counterparts has brought great unrest to the dressing room with Suarez taking a public jibe at the coach for his tactics in away matches. A video footage of Messi paying no heed to Eder Sarabia's instruction in the draw against Celta Vigo has also been leaked This was after the recent spat between the head coach and Arthur whose deal to Juventus has already been confirmed. All these spell 'trouble in paradise' for Barcelona, and Real Madrid on their own part consolidated their lead at the top with a 1-0 win over Espanyol to further daunt the hope left for Barcelona to claim the la liga title this season as they trail the Madrid based club by two points.
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The Barca tactician has urged his side not to focus on their rivals but on their own result as the race for the title intensifies.The former Real Betis coach also claimed to be in a new situation which he is handling as a learning phase and emphasized on the need for everyone to sacrifice a bit of themselves to achieve better results.
Elsewhere in the news, the Arthur-Pjanic swap deal involving Barca-Juve which has been an open secret in recent weeks has been confirmed by Barcelona in the early hours of today to the rage of many Barcelona fans that believe in the prospect of the Brazilian to become a superstar in the future. It was revealed that the Bianconeri side would tie him to a 5yr contract worth €5.2m per season, thrice his current salary in Barcelona. He will spend the rest of the season with the Catalan club before parting ways with them when the season comes to conclusion. Pjanic would also be heading in opposite direction when the season ends and is tied to the Catalan club till 2024 in a €7.5m per season deal. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.