Barcelona coach Quique Setien has sought to play down the tense scenes between assistant coach Eder Sarabia and captain Lionel Messi in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.
Images surfaced on Sunday of Messi appearing to ignore instructions from Sarabia in the drinks break at Balaidos, with Setien looking on perplexed in the background.
“There are always controversies, like in life,” Setien said in a press conference on Monday. “Everyone has their way of seeing things.
“Sometimes there are differences of opinion. I wasn’t an easy player either in my day. You have a vision of your things.
“What you have to do is convince everyone that they have to defend the common idea. The communication is good. These are one-off questions and I don’t give them importance.”
Pressed on the incident involving Messi and Sarabia, Setien said: “Nothing happened. It was an indication and that’s all. What else do you want me to say?”
Luis Suarez scored twice for Barca in Vigo, but Setien’s side was pegged back by an Iago Aspas free-kick two minutes from time.
Afterward, the Uruguayan was asked about the team’s poor form away from home and responded that it was down to the coaches to find a solution.