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Barcelona boss Setien: My players may not be getting my message properly.

Updated: Jan 26, 2020

Setien suffered his first defeat as Barca manager when they face Valencia at the Mestalla stadium.

Quique Setien is disappointed that his Barcelona side didn't 'interpret his instructions' properly when they faced Valencia on Saturday evening.

Setien suffered his first defeat as Barca manager when they faced Valencia at the Mestalla stadium.

It was the first time Valencia claimed a home win over the LaLiga champions since 2007.

Maxi Gomez, whose penalty was saved by Ter Stegen in the first half, wrapped up the win with a cool finish in the 77th minute after his opener in the 48th minute.

And Setien, who had enjoyed a good start to his Barca reign following victories over Granada in La Liga and UD Ibiza in the Copa del Rey round of 32, said after the 2-0 defeat: "They still do not interpret [instructions] well or maybe we do not explain them well

"Nobody likes what we have seen today.

"Valencia compromised us, they closed us down well. Positionally, there are things that we have to correct. We have given away many aimless passes. We do not work to do this.

"In the first half, we did not play well at all. The best thing was that we went into half-time at 0-0.

"In the second half, the team improved somewhat and we were able to get into the game, but this is not enough for us."

The 61-year-old insisted that the loss wasn't due to the 'attitude' of his players.

He said: "It was not a problem of attitude. I have seen how committed they are.

"We were not well positioned, we have not understood some things, while Valencia have raised the game. It has cost us."

Rivals Real Madrid, who currently sit in second spot in the LaLiga Santander table, will move three points above Barcelona if they secure a win over Real Valladolid on Sunday.



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