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Barca chief says Setien to stay, has no regrets about Valverde
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BARCELONA (Reuters) - BARCELONA president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said coach Quique Setien will remain in charge of the team next season despite the team's fading La Liga title bid, adding that he does not regret sacking Ernesto Valverde in January.

Valverde led Barca to successive title wins and his team were top of the table on goal difference when he was dismissed in January and replaced by Setien, who has tried to revolutionise Barca's play with mixed results.

Barca's title bid has unravelled following draws with Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid and they trail leaders Real Madrid by four points with four games remaining.

But the team finally clicked in Sunday's outstanding 4-1 win at Villarreal and Bartomeu said he thinks they are heading in the right direction.

"Setien will obviously continue. At this moment I'm pretty happy with how the team has evolved and in the last couple of games we have seen the improvements Setien has made," Bartomeu told radio station Rac1 on Tuesday.

"I don't regret the decision to sack Valverde, we needed to give the team a boost and Setien has brought new ideas and new sensations with him," he added.

Setien said he did not think his position had been under threat and was pleased with the football they have been playing.

"I didn't have the feeling things were going to change, I have gotten used to this circus," he told a virtual news conference ahead of Barca's match with Espanyol on Wednesday.

"I just do my job and I get the feeling the board are happy with the work we are doing and so am I."

He also said his side would keep pushing Real until their chances of winning the title were over.

"Of course we can still win the league, it's still mathematically possible and we have to keep our hopes up until the last day," he added.

"We have to just focus on what we can do and try to win while playing well and making progress. And if we cannot win it, we can lay a platform for next season."

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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1 Liverpool LIV 99 38 32 3 3 85 33 +52 99
2 Manchester City MAC 81 38 26 3 9 102 35 +67 81
3 Manchester United MUN 66 38 18 12 8 66 36 +30 66
4 Chelsea CHE 66 38 20 6 12 69 54 +15 66
5 Leicester City LEI 62 38 18 8 12 67 41 +26 62
6 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 59 38 16 11 11 61 47 +14 59
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 59 38 15 14 9 51 40 +11 59
8 Arsenal ARS 56 38 14 14 10 56 48 +8 56
9 Sheffield United SHE 54 38 14 12 12 39 39 0 54
10 Burnley BUR 54 38 15 9 14 43 50 -7 54
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12 Everton EVE 49 38 13 10 15 44 56 -12 49
13 Newcastle United NEW 44 38 11 11 16 38 58 -20 44
14 Crystal Palace CRY 43 38 11 10 17 31 50 -19 43
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 41 38 9 14 15 39 54 -15 41
16 West Ham United WES 39 38 10 9 19 49 62 -13 39
17 Aston Villa AST 35 38 9 8 21 41 67 -26 35
18 AFC Bournemouth BOU 34 38 9 7 22 40 65 -25 34
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