Quique Setien began preparing to make his debut as Barcelona coach. Ahead of his first match against Granada in La Liga, he decided to invite his players to enjoy dinner together.
Setien officially replaced Ernesto Valverde on January 13 yesterday. That is, the 61-year-old coach only had about a week before entertaining Granada at Camp Nou on Monday (1/20).
So that the situation in the dressing room returned positive after being fired by Valverde, Setien invited Lionel Messi et al to attend a dinner at Via Veneto, one of the famous restaurants in Barcelona, Thursday (1/17) local time.
According to local media, Setien held a dinner together so he could be closer to his foster children. Moreover, Barcelona needs to eliminate disappointment after failing to win the Supercopa de Espana.
At the event, Setien was seen dialoguing with several players such as Messi, up to Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig. Antoine Griezman was also present. Only Luis Suarez is absent. This activity is expected to create a harmonious relationship so that Barcelona can rise after swallowing bad results.
The reason is, Barcelona must beat Granada so that they can continue to top the La Liga standings. Because, the acquisition of El Azulgrana is currently the same as Real Madrid, which is 40 points. That is, if slipped, the Catalan club could abdicate the throne.