Barcelona star has heated train­ing ground tiff with as­sis­tant man­ager Unzue

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA star Ney­mar was re­port­edly in­volved in a train­ing ground ruckus with as­sis­tant man­ager Juan Car­los Unzue, af­ter the Spa­niard told him to ‘fo­cus more on his foot­ball’.

The train­ing ground spat be­gan when Luis En­rique’s as­sis­tant, who is favourite to take over at the Nou Camp this summer, was dis­cussing tac­tics with the forward, ac­cord­ing to Mundo De­portivo.

Unzue, to whom En­rique of­ten del­e­gates his tac­ti­cal in­struc­tions, high­lighted a few things to Ney­mar and tensions be­gan to grow be­tween the two.

The row then es­ca­lated to the point where other mem­bers of staff were forced to in­ter­vene. Ney­mar re­port­edly left the train­ing fa­cil­ity vis­i­bly un­happy af­ter the in­ci­dent, which may be cause for con­cern at the Nou Camp.

The Brazil in­ter­na­tional and his team have re­fused to com­ment on the episode — or his en­deav­ours away from foot­ball such as his cloth­ing range.

The forward is a cru­cial part of Barca’s at­tack­ing threat and Unzue is En­rique’s most trusted ad­viser and car­ries a lot of weight within the back­room staff and the dress­ing room.

He is one of the fore­run­ners to take over from the out­go­ing Spa­niard this summer with some play­ers back­ing him to suc­ceed En­rique.

The spat comes just days af­ter Brazil­ian out­let UOL re­ported that Ney­mar is a fan of Unzue’s and wants the for­mer goal­keeper to be the man who takes the reins when the man­ager de­parts.

He is thought of highly by both play­ers and staff sur­round­ing the Cata­lan club but it is not the first time he has been in­volved in frac­tious en­coun­ters with other play­ers.

Dur­ing the sea­son he has had heated dis­cus­sions with goal­keeper Marc-An­dre Ter Ste­gen, Sa­muel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic.

And Barca will be keen to re­solve any is­sue be­tween these pow­er­ful fig­ures at the club as they try and stave off Real Madrid as the sea­son draws to its cli­max.

En­rique’s men are level on points with Los Blan­cos with a game in hand, but the man­ager will need both his play­ers and staff singing from the same hymn sheet by the time they travel to Las Pal­mas on Sun­day. Daily Mail


Barcelona’s Ney­mar at­tempts an over­head kick dur­ing their La Liga match against Vil­lar­real on Satur­day.

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