Quique Setien joined Barcelona as the coach during a time when the club needed change and momentum. He was dubbed as the person to bring back the fluid football in Camp Nou, but so far, the results have not been up to the mark.
In an interview with ara.cat he shared his views.
Here are the excerpts:
On giving young guns the opportunities
“Making young people play more is not just my scope, it should be a club bet when planning a season. If you sign five players who are the best in the world in their position, it will be difficult to make room for a boy from the youth team. We want to win everything, we want to be on the front line, but we also want a 17-year-old boy to perform like someone who has won a World Cup”.
“Now everyone talks about wanting to win, but if I start four kids and we don’t win, they will kick me out. And if we sign the players that everyone wants and we win, people will be happy, but the young people won’t have a place”.
On Antoine Griezmann
“He is a footballer who moves a lot, but it is not easy to filter the ball when you have 10 players so close, covering spaces for the pass”.
“Everything is also a consequence of having spent three months without playing, this affects the rhythm. When it’s your turn to play against a disciplined opponent, like Sevilla, and it’s difficult to find the spaces. It is almost impossible to surprise these opponents”.
“For some players, these situations are very frustrating. Perhaps we lack a point of effectiveness and coordination”.
On staying at Barcelona next season
“I always think about it. When I arrive at a club I think I am going to stay for life, although I know it won’t be like that”.