Setien is annoyed by Sarabia's language but not his touchline persona

Setien is annoyed by Sarabia's language but not his touchline persona

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The Barcelona coach has been speaking about his No.2's behaviour once again

Barcelona coach Quique Setien spoke in a news conference on Friday ahead of the weekend's league game against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. 

One of the issues brought up, once again, was the behaviour or his assistant, Eder Sarabia, on the bench during last weekend's Clasico defeat. 

Setien defended his No.2's actions, although at the same time, he said there are certain things he needs to rein in. The Barça boss had previously apologised for Sarabia's touchline persona in an interview with El Periodico

"I don't think there is much more to go over," Setien said. "The only thing he did wrong, which I didn't like, was the way in which he expressed himself. But I want to put that into context because there are things that may generate doubts when we have none.

"The interpretation many may make about the shouting is that it's very normal. It shows your character and temperament to the players. I love that and it doesn't worry me. What concerns me is the way it was done.

"We have apologised for a series of words that should not be used when you represent a club like this. Everything else can be understood as incentivising and motivating. But some of the words used... We are obliged to manage the way we do things because there are many kids watching us, so we have to be careful about certain things." 

Sarabia has been in the spotlight all week after videos were revealed which showed him complaining during the Clasico loss

The fervour with which he acts at times has not sat well with part of the squad. Sarabia experiences games with a lot of intensity and during the game he criticised a lot of players, as revealed by lip-readers. 

His expressive body language and critical language did annoy some players but the club have interpreted everything as the coach fulfilling his role. 

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