Barcelona – Granada (D / 21.00 h.)
The Centabro promises balance and order before his premiere as coach of Barcelona against Granada at the Camp Nou
One of the things that has done the most grace for the players of Barcelona is the involvement of the new coach in their daily activities. Mainly those that have to do with the ball. Quique Setin, instead of sitting on the ball, gets fed up in search of him in the center of the rounds. He doesn’t even care to expose himself to Arturo Vidal throwing him a mess in the middle of his job. Today my hip hurts, my knee … But I like being with the players. Transmit knowledge. I still feel one of them. I need that energy to be well. The technician, beyond the good humor, is already doing that algarba proper of the first times.
At the heavyweights of the booth, between talk and talk, Setin is trying to convince them of the need to increase the pace of work. In the sports direction of Barcelona, unable its components to change the dynamics before the dismissal of Valverde, already warned in this regard to the new foremen of the bench.
But the new technician in which his soccer players are also starting assimilate the repetition of tactical exercises that allow clean ball outings. Nor has anyone discussed, at least for now, one of the most delicate measures, the morning sessions on match days at home. Both to finalize the strategy and to announce the list of summoned.
Do you want fate, puetero, that Setin opens this Sunday on the bench in front of the Granada, the same rival with which his idolized Johan Cruyff (4-0) made his debut as a footballer on October 28, 1973. But at 61 years old and as head of the bank, it is not up to Setin to fly over the grass, but to be done by some soccer players who in the first round were shaken in Los Crmenes (2-0).
The role of Arturo Vidal
Be a day to begin to decipher the solutions, either static or very practical, proposed by Setin to encourage a Barcelona that Valverde left as leader of the League. Hence, in his first press conference prior to a meeting he was questioned about the role of Arturo Vidal, one of his predecessor’s favorite day laborers. And Setin promised to stand up to chaos. We attach great importance to order. Some players tend to lose their position. To mess up. Not only Arturo Vidal. We will influence them a lot because we need balance and order to attack and defend. We will be warning and teaching. And we will end up getting it because it is an important part of our way of understanding football, argument Setin.
The absence by sanction of Frenkie de Jong, expelled in the last tie against Espanyol, and the long inactivity of Arthur Melo after, apparently, overcoming his pubalgia, multiplies the options of Riqui Puig. When Pep Guardiola premiered at the Camp Nou in a league game as coach of Barcelona (September 13, 2008), he was unable to pass the draw against Racing (1-1). However, that day, beyond the result and the critical spills -Cruyff was one of the few that defended him, became part of the imaginary by Sergio Busquets and Pedro. At that time, boys of the branch in which almost nobody noticed.
The promotion of Riqui Puig
One of Setin’s main decisions as a Barcelona technician has been to integrate Riqui Puig, 20, in dynamic first team. So much that this week he was even invited to the group dinner at the Via Veneto restaurant in Barcelona. The canterano, indito this course with Valverde and with a way to go as far as his relationship with the totems of the house, aspires to be Setin’s right eye.
The new coach of Barcelona, who recovers Ter Stegen for the cause after three games in the nurse, will have to solve many more mistakes. Especially complicated is the one that appears in the position of center forward, with Luis Surez down until May. Griezmann and Messi appear as immediate solutions in a new stage in which Bartomeu observing everything from a screen, which did not touch.
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