Setien breaks silence after Barcelona humiliated by Bayern in Champions League

Quique Setien admitted Barcelona's 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich "will cause a lot of damage" as he faced up to the prospect of being sacked as head coach.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu promised changes in the coming week following the club's humiliating quarter-final exit – saying "some decisions have already been thought of".

His comments were widely interpreted as indicating the end for Setien, with former Barca star Xavi and ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino among the names rumoured to be in the frame to replace the 61-year-old.

And Setien appeared resigned to his fate as he spoke after Friday's game, during which Bayern had raced to a 4-1 lead by half-time before inflicting one of Barcelona's worst European defeats.

"Right now we feel enormous frustration and all we can do is make conclusions and think about the future," Setien told reporters, in quotes reported by Mail Online.

"Barca is a club that is so great that this will cause us a lot of damage and obviously some things will have to change. The truth is this is a tremendously painful defeat."

Setien admitted his future as head coach was out of his hands following "a humiliating and painful defeat".

He said: " Barcelona want to recover their identity.

"Right now, it's too soon to think about whether I will stay or not. It doesn't depend on me.

"We have to reflect, taking the situation into account and the importance that such a humiliating and painful defeat means.

"I'm hurt, evidently, by such a hefty defeat. The way it came about has been tremendously painful.

"I'm not worried about my future right now, but a defeat that is very painful for the club and the fans."

Setien, who took charge in January after Ernesto Valverde was sacked, acknowledged that exiting the Champions League in such an embarrassing manner wouldn't be countenanced by Barca fans following a season without silverware.

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"I know what a defeat of this calibre means," the Spaniard said.

"We have to analyse what happened today from a bigger perspective. I know that the credibility of a coach diminishes when something like this happens. This isn't what worries me at the moment.

"We have to accept the defeat how it is. We were beaten by a very good team.

"Apart from the first few minutes, they were clearly better than us for the rest of the game."

Setien was also asked about Gerard Pique 's comments, after the veteran centre-back sensationally offered to quit Barcelona following the defeat.

A tearful Pique, who has been at Barcelona since 2008, said: “We have hit rock bottom. If I have to leave for new blood to come, I will leave.

"We do not compete in Europe or the league. The club needs changes of all kinds.”

Setien admitted Pique's assessment was significant, saying: "This reflection from a player that has been here his whole life indicates something."

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Bartomeu said after the game that decisions needed to be made following the humiliating defeat.

"It's been a disaster, and now it's time to take some decisions," said Bartomeu to Movistar, in quotes translated for Barcelona's English language Twitter page.

"Some of them we've already thought about. We need to take these decisions, and there's some others that we have to take now."

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