“Everything has been very fast. Yesterday I was walking next to the cows there in my town and today I am in the sports city of Barcelona training the best players in the world and a team that is the best ”.
He has gone from the calm of unemployment to a frantic activity in the early hours as coach of Barcelona.
“Not even in my best dreams could I have imagined being here,” said the 61-year-old coach during his presentation at Auditori 1899 Camp Nou in presence of President Josep Maria Bartomeu
and the technical secretary, Éric Abidal. “The most important thing is that I will try to convey to the players that enthusiasm, that desire that desire to win and this confidence that I have now,” he said.
Setién thought he was going to hire a team in trouble and has found himself directing the leader
The coach has expressed his gratitude to the Barca club and its predecessor, Ernesto Valverde, who has stressed that leaves the team in the first position of the League. Setién thought that if he got an offer, it would be that of a club in difficulty and he found himself driving the leader. And all for his philosophy, because he has recognized that he has neither titles nor directed out-of-series ensembles throughout his career.
Work and convictions are the tools proposed by a coach with whom the club intends to have fun again Camp Nou. “I have only guaranteed one thing to the teams that I have been lately, that my team is going to play well,” Setién explained in this regard. “As he Las Palmas As the Lugo or the Betis they are teams that played football well, ”he said.
“I have an absolute predisposition to take care of the kids in the quarry, they give positive energy”
According to Setién, who has revealed that it did not take even five minutes to accept the offer that Barça transferred on Monday, will not hurt when offering opportunities to the players of the quarry. “The players of the first team have to be clear that if talent from below makes its way, it is because they deserve it. I have an absolute predisposition to take care of the kids because whenever there is a new kid there is a positive energy that ends up driving the wardrobe. ”
At eleven o’clock in the morning the Cantabrian coach has directed his first training in the sports city of Sant Joan Despí. He has then moved to Camp Nou to sign the contract that binds him to Barça until the end of the season and, optionally, for the next and the subsequent, until June 2022. After signing, Setién has been presented and subsequently participated in a photo shoot in which will be your bench in the Camp Nou.
Before the preparatory session, the technician has been presented to the staff with his team, whose hard core is formed by Eder Sarabia (assistant), Fran Soto (physical trainer) and Fran Soto (Goalkeeping coach).
Even before signing the contract, Setién has made some very revealing decisions of his philosophy, such as the incorporation of Riqui Puig to the work of the first team. The club has disseminated a photograph of the coach talking with the midfielder of the subsidiary, who aspires to promote the first team although he has barely had opportunities.
In addition to the talented Vallesan midfielder, Setién has incorporated branch strikers into training Ansu Fati Y Carles Pérez, which will once again acquire prominence as a result of Luis Suárez’s injury, which will remain on leave for four months.
Setién has not yet decided whether to request the signing of a substitute for the injured Luis Suarez
The absence of the Uruguayan, protagonist in most of the team’s goals, is a litmus test for Setién’s debut. Two other B soccer players, the promising central Araujo and goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, have participated in the first preparatory session of the Cantabrian, which will premiere on the bench on Sunday against Granada. Diego Martínez’s is one of the three teams (together with Athletic and Levante) that has surpassed Barça in the first round of the championship.
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