Simeone responds to Messi-Setien rift rumours ahead of Barca’s clash with Atletico

Barcelona are plagued by reports of internal squabbling, and the Atletico coach stressed the importance of controlling a squad’s emotions
Diego Simeone tried to sidestep a question relating to reports Barcelona coach Quique Setien has lost the support of key players but emphasised the importance of managing a squad’s emotions.

Barca host Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on Tuesday amid a difficult situation, with media reports claiming Setien and his coaching staff are at odds with key players .

A clip from Barca’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday went viral on social media as it appeared to show Lionel Messi ignoring Setien’s assistant Eder Sarabia.