The first game of the KO stage in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League turned out to be a bittersweet experience for Quique Setién, and unfortunately for the tactician, it also saw them setting the wrong kind of record.
Los Culés had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Napoli, and even if they still have everything to play for next next month, the tactics shown by their boss leave a lot of doubts up in the air.
Setién was criticized by fans and experts for his choices, mainly those that have to do with the lineup and his failure to react when he saw Napoli taking over with an ultra defensive approach. To add insult to his debut, he accomplished something no other coach in the Era of Messi had done...until today.
1 - Quique Setién is the first Barcelona manager to fail to win on his Champions League debut since Louis van Gaal in September 1997 against Newcastle (3-2). Difficulty. pic.twitter.com/v5nSpwODkF— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 25, 2020
Something makes us feel that the Blaugrana side will eventually make it to the next round, but if Setién wants to make the team's supporters a bit more comfortable, then he needs to come up with a suitable plan that can put Gattuso and Co. in a predicament.