After firing Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona turned to former Real Betis boss Quique Setien, a name that is not very familiar outside of his native land.
Setien accepted a two and a half year deal at Camp Nou after earning many compliments in Spain for his work with Las Palmas and Betis.
We took a look at some of the most intriguing quotes about the 61 year old of those who know him best, as well as from the man himself.
“I remember when Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona came. You played against them and spent the whole game running behind the ball,” said Setien in the coaches’ voice. “I said to myself, ‘This is what I like. I’d like to be part of this team and know why this is happening. “
“How can you convince a team to have the ball permanently so that the opponent is chasing it for the whole game? Since then I have started to make sense of what I have felt all my life, throughout my career.
“I really started watching football. To analyze it. To understand what I felt and what I wanted to put into practice when I became a coach. “
🗣️ “You perform much better when you are happy than when you are not.”
Quique Setién says he likes that his team has control over possession because his players will be happier on the ball than on it ⚽ pic.twitter.com/ae5w3ke43z
– The voice of the coaches (@CoachesVoice) January 8, 2020
“Setien is one of the best coaches I have ever had for me,” the former Barcelona defender, who worked under Setien at Betis, told the Daily Mirror.
“It leaves nothing to chance. We know what to do the day, in training, with the ball and what we do in the game. This is really important for players to feel confident.”
“The game philosophy with which this new manager arrived helped me a lot because I like the game, I am in constant contact with the ball and I run much less,” the captain of Real Betis told Panenka magazine.
“The team continues to win and I am much more involved, which makes me feel very comfortable.
“The reality is that this game philosophy fits perfectly with any player who likes to keep the ball and it is clear that my career has spanned many different aspects.”
“The Canary Islands have often been seen as the Brazil of Spain,” wrote Spanish football expert Lowe for ESPN.
“A three hour flight from the peninsula, west of Africa, hot and sandy, a place where football is played with technique and talent, a sense of adventure and fun. Las Palmas de Setién does it; few teams are just as fun to watch. “
📸 – Busquets present in Setien after Baris del Barça’s fall at Camp Nou last season.
– Universal boat (@BarcaUniversal) January 13, 2020
“I think I felt very comfortable and familiar with his philosophy from the start because in Betis I found game models similar to those I found in Barcelona,” Bartra told El Pais in 2018.
“I was able to find workouts similar to what I practiced with Guardiola and Luis Enrique. Suddenly everything became very familiar during the training sessions. So yes, we could argue that Setien and Guardiola have similarities.”
“Quique has always been much loved in the locker room,” the former Real Betis defender, now in Barcelona, told Marca.
“In my case, it was he who gave me practically the opportunity to demonstrate what kind of player I am. It gave me the opportunity to play La Liga. “
“Quique Setien tried to convince Betis to play the Barcelona way. He was disappointed by the lack of a striker, “commented the reporter on the hiring of Setien.
“The team played that style even if the public didn’t want it and despite difficult times. He has always shown his desire to be a Barcelona coach.”
“Quique Setien will focus fervently on restoring the team’s famous fast-paced, pressing and punchy style, which has been slowly eroded by the more pragmatic Valverde,” wrote Spanish football expert West for the BBC.
“Setien – whose stubborn nature makes him a divisive figure across Spain – is a devoted disciple of Cruyffian football, and from now on it is certain that Barca will once again play” Barca “football.”
“I have a motto, which will never change the way I see things,” Setien told Independent in 2018. “Sometimes, how I feel about football, it doesn’t matter if a team wins or loses. What attracts me of a game is if the teams play well, that there are players, that goes beyond the result.
“I am a romantic, I like football. I am a spectator and I do not buy a ticket to see a team stuck in the middle waiting for a 0-0 or a counterattack.”
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