All is not well at Camp Nou. The La Liga title is out of hand and now yet another manager is at the center of all the conversation. Yet another manager is set to become the sacrificial lamb. But Quique Setien seems confident amid the storm and the Barcelona President – Josep Maria Bartomeu – also has the faith in him even though the protected one and his gang think otherwise.
In a press conference, Setien expressed his opinion.
Here are the excerpts:
On the next game against Alaves
Thinking about the European game, the feelings we have going into the [Alaves] match have to be good.
Tomorrow is an important game in which we must bounce back to reinforce ourselves and think about the future.
On the meeting with Bartomeu
The concern we all have for improvement is evident, we try to find solutions so that things change. That is what the meeting consisted of, that is the reality of preparing for the future.
We must try to focus on what’s left which, in the Champions League, we hope it is a lot. We haven’t won the league but we have a very attractive challenge ahead of us.
On the statement of Lionel Messi after the Osasuna defeat
It is true that if we play as badly as in the last games, obviously it is not going to give us a chance to win games. But we have also had great moments and if we play like that it can give us a chance to win it.
We are all aware that there are many things to improve. We must be more consistent and more reliable. This is the reality. If we manage to put in a display like at Villarreal, where everything went well, it will surely give us a chance to win the Champions League.
We must be more reliable during the 90 minutes and convince ourselves that If we give our best, of course, we can win the Champions League.
Strainful relation with Messi?
No, not at all. We all say things that are misinterpreted badly and others well, it is a daily occurrence.
I do not give it too much importance. We all need a rest, to clean our minds. We will try to think in this way.
On his future as Barcelona manager
The day I arrived, I said I was going to enjoy it until the last day. I’m still enjoying it despite the circumstances and I never thought that this would be easy. Defeat is always a chance to overcome. I am not experiencing anything that has not been experienced before. At no time have I had the feeling of wanting to leave.