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Quique Setien
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2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Barcelona sack Valverde, Quique Setien announced as new head coach] Quique Setien will be the new FC Barcelona coach. The man from Cantabria in the north of Spain comes to Barca after having had spells at Racing Santander, Poli Ejido, Logrones, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis, his previous club in the 2018/19 season. Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession-based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans

2020 01 13b Retrieve

[Quique Setien usually favours an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation but his primary obsession is possession] Sometimes you see players who can suddenly perform and you think: ‘Holy sh*t, where did that come from?’ You wonder how they’re suddenly so good. And it’s because you give them something they like: the ball

I remember when Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona came along. You played against them, and you spent the whole match running after the ball. I said to myself: ‘This is what I like. I would like to be in this team, and know why this is happening’. How can you get a team to have the ball permanently, so that the opponent is running after it for the whole match? From then on, I started to make sense of what I had felt throughout life, through my career. I started to really watch football. To analyse it. To understand what I felt, and what I wanted to put into practice when I became a coach

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Setien was still in some disbelief about being handed one of the top jobs in world football] Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this, that I would be here. I am somebody who is very emotional and today is a very special day for me. But, first things first, I have to thank the club and the next thing is that I’m excited about this challenge and this project. Yesterday I was walking past the cows in my village, now I’m here training the best players in the world

2020 01 14b Retrieve

[Under Johan Cruyff and then his disciple Pep Guardiola, Barcelona became known for their possession football and style. That has bled away under Tata Martino, Luis Enrique and finally Valverde, leading to this situation. Setien may be the man to restore it, at least that’s what Bartomeu, Abidal and co. are desperately hoping] I didn’t think Barca could go for me, I have no honours, I don’t have a great CV. I have this philosophy of play that I love and my teams play well. I didn’t know if it was enough, but I am tremendously grateful

2020 01 14c Retrieve

[New Barcelona boss Setien goes from ‘walking past cows’ to working with ‘best player’ Messi] First of all I want to thank this institution, the president, [Eric] Abidal and Ramon Planes for the opportunity they have given me to come here. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this, that I would be here. I am somebody who is very emotional and today is a very special day for me. But, first things first, I have to thank the club and the next thing is that I’m excited about this challenge and this project. Yesterday I was walking past the cows in my village, now I’m here training the best players in the world

I have spoken with the players, we have had our first contact with one another and the willingness that they have is extraordinary. We’re absolutely sure that we’re going to understand each other very quickly because a lot of things that we are going to propose to them, they already know. There are many things we are clear about and we are going to try to transmit them and make sure they are not just words. The demands and standards of this club ask that of you constantly

[Setien said of working with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi and the other high-profile figures now at his disposal] I have enjoyed myself watching Barca and these players over the last few years. I’m still not entirely conscious of what it means to coach the best player in the world. One thing is admiration and another thing is that everyone has to be in their place

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[It’s all a game of chess to new Barcelona boss Quique Setien, and Lionel Messi will be his queen at Camp Nou] [Chess teaches you] patience, the capacity for analysis, control of your emotions. It was an incredible experience, and in an era in which I was totally hooked on chess

[He has even faced former world champions Anatoli Karpov and Garry Kasparov. Did he win?] Get out of here! They play against 30 people at once and beat them all.

Yesterday, I was walking around my home town with cows around me and now I’m here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world

[How Quique Setien see Messi] He is the queen; he does it all well.

[Setien has signed on until 2022 but there are concerns that he will not be able to handle a dressing room full of big names and egos] I do not agree that the coach has to adapt to the players. There was a time when I thought it, but that was because I did not understand football

[He had long been linked with Barcelona, primarily because he is such an avid follower of Blaugrana legend Johan Cruyff, although he would have liked to get to know the Dutchman better] I told Cruyff I’d have given my little finger to have played for his team, but not just to play at Barcelona but for how they played, because I saw how the players enjoyed themselves

[He toughened up at Atletico and in the late 80s he faced Cruyff’s Barcelona and that was a formative experience, which shaped the rest of his career to date] From then on, I started to make sense of what I had felt throughout life, through my career. I started to really watch football. To analyse it. To understand what I felt, and what I wanted to put into practice when I became a coach

2020 01 15b Retrieve

[Messi must therefore find a way to score under yet another manager with Setien admitting he’s not completely certain how to handle such a player] I’m still not entirely conscious of what it means to coach the best player in the world. One thing is admiration and another thing is that everyone has to be in their place

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Quique Setien has been surprised by the willingness of Barcelona’s players to accept fresh ideas during his wonderful first week in charge of the club] The week has gone very well, much better than I expected. When you come to a new team there’s always uncertainty about how they’re going to respond. There’s always that stimulus and you can see they’re very keen. I’ve been very surprised by the attitude of the players, how accepting they’ve been of new ideas. I’m happy with everything: the work, the capacity the players have to understand everything you tell them. It has been wonderful. Marvellous

There’s no doubt we like players to play orderly systematic football. We like them to get back into position when they lose it. We need a balance, Barca needs a structure to attack and also to defend. I hope it won’t be an over-excited Barca but a motivated one that wants to put into practice what we’ve worked on. I think you will notice the changes - I hope so - but please remember it’s not going to happen overnight.

If a player is receptive and really wants to learn and improve, you might be surprised what they are capable of doing. Every player has what they have but some outperform themselves. It’s about learning and expanding your abilities and becoming even better still. Sometimes players aren’t playing where they feel or play best, but they must put their all into what’s best for the team

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Setien confirms Barca are looking for a striker amid Aubameyang links] We are considering that issue but we still have to mature things a little more, it is not an issue that worries me too much. I am worried about tomorrow’s game and that of Valencia, this is an issue that we will deal with the sports management in-depth and we will see what is most convenient

I give importance to everything, I always liked the cup, it is a very beautiful competition and we will try to win it, of course. Just as we will try to win the League and the Champions League. The objectives are clear

[Setien on macth against UD Ibiza - who currently play in the Segunda B] It’s a special game because we would like to continue with the same dynamic, but regardless of who plays we will try to see the same things in terms of concepts and principles

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona coach Quique Setien did not hold back in his criticisms after watching his side flirt with disaster in Ibiza] I did not like the team. I would have preferred things another way. But in a stadium like this, it is harder. They were aggressive and intense in defence. It has not been easy. I would have loved for us to have been more precise and to have played better. But from here we will take away conclusions for the future. It is when you do things badly that you can improve

I give Ibiza a lot of credit, they played a great game. It was not easy for us. It was very tough. They also went a goal ahead, which makes things harder. The first thing we are doing is seeing the players in different positions. [Fati] has a lot of talent. We will see how he progresses. He will get more starting time as long as he keeps developing

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[new Barcelona coach Setien already with questions to answer] I didn’t like the team. I would have liked it to go a different way. I would have loved us to be more precise, to understand some things better

2020 01 24b Retrieve

[Barca boss Setien lauds ‘extraordinary’ Valencia star Rodrigo amid transfer links] I like all good players. He’s an extraordinary footballer and tomorrow he could give us problems - he is a key player for their team. I would have preferred if he wasn’t playing, but we know that if he’s not there then there is another player. Valencia have a great squad with or without Rodrigo

[On dominating the possession count in the wins over Granada and Ibiza] I had a huge shock in Ibiza. I am not going to lie, this is clear. We have to stress a lot the things that we give high importance to. In theory, this shouldn’t take us long. But in general I already know that lots of people only care about results. Those will only care to win, not how we play. This is like this in today’s football and its fine to me. I believe that the way [you play] should be valued too, how you get to the victory or how you lose. That seems like the right way to look at things, even though I can understand that some people only care about the results

[Setien is wary of a response from Albert Celades’ side, however] When a team like Valencia loses their previous match, the desire to break this streak is a motivation. As I always say and repeat, I always expect the best version of our rivals. Valencia is a great team, without doubt, with very good footballers. They will make things difficult for us and it will be truly a match of great level. Our capacity to harm them might be bigger because they are a team with capacity to attack. Surely they will try so we will take the most of those spaces. We will probably have more spaces than in the previous two matches

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Setien says Barcelona don’t have an attitude problem after Valencia defeat] They still do not interpret [instructions] well or maybe we do not explain them well. Nobody likes what we have seen today. Valencia compromised us, they closed us down well. Positionally, there are things that we have to correct. We have given away many aimless passes. We do not work to do this. In the first half, we did not play well at all. The best thing was that we went into half-time at 0-0. In the second half, the team improved somewhat and we were able to get into the game, but this is not enough for us

It was not a problem of attitude. I have seen how committed they are. We were not well positioned, we have not understood some things, while Valencia have raised the game. It has cost us

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Quique Setien at his first official press conference as Barcelona head coach] Yesterday I was walking around by the cows in my town, and now today I’m at the Ciutat Esportiva in Barcelona coaching the best players in the world.

2020 01 30 Retrieve

[Asked about the lack of a signing] I will be calm. There is a risk of injury and it cannot be controlled. I am used to working with what I have. It was not to be. The market did not give us anything, but we will also recover Dembele. He is a player who has specific attributes and I think he can give us a lot. He feels comfortable out wide and we will try to take advantage of that. I’m sure he will give us a lot with the potential he has and will demonstrate the great player he is. Dembele is going to be amazing

[Barca’s victory over Leganes saw them emphatically bounce back from the first defeat of Setien’s tenure] We did very well in the first 20 to 25 minutes. It’s true they could have hurt us, but we did many things well. However, I am not entirely satisfied. We scored but we lost control of the game and gave them a lot of life when we had to control the game

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Setien: I’m not Pique’s father - I’ll only worry if he doesn’t train] I am not the father of any of them. I am only their coach. I will worry about one of them when they do not train well. What am I going to tell him about what he can and cannot do? Pique is mature and responsible for what he can do and what he can’t. I see him train well, willingly. What he does in his private life… I’m not on top of these things

If I see that their performance drops, another will play because the one they are going to blame is me. I will play the one that best solves the games for me

2020 02 01b Retrieve

[Quique Setien insists Barcelona’s depleted squad has more than enough quality to compete on multiple fronts during the second half of the season] We have fewer players now but we’ve got a B team behind us and those young players are ready. Some are already training with the first team and we’re getting a chance to look at them. I’m sure they will help us out when we need them. You could think the team is weaker, but you never know that. Sometimes things can turn out differently. You can guess what might happen but I wouldn’t waste your energy

[Asked if he prefers operating with a smaller squad] What hurts me, and always had done, is picking teams and having to leave players out. I like to have fewer players. That way, everyone is plugged into what you’re doing. There is a risk attached to that sometimes but it’s good to have a smaller squad. People have more chance of playing; they’re ready and more motivated. Having 18 real players is better than having 25 or 26 not playing. That can cause more danger than having a smaller squad

If I was one of the opponents, I wouldn’t count Barca out. Yes, you can always have a bad day. Of the six, seven or eight candidates, only one can win; that’s the reality. I’m convinced we will be in contention. We’re excited about it. We have a chance, like all the other big teams do. No more or less than any of those

2020 02 01c Retrieve

[Quique Setien admits Barcelona have strayed from their iconic playing style in recent years] I think they have moved away from the original idea. I have seen some aspects which have been maintained, but not others. I’m speaking as a spectator. I’ve watched Barcelona all my life. Xavi and Iniesta aren’t here but you can play well without them. At Lugo, Las Palmas and Real Betis we tried it without Xavi and Iniesta

[The Spanish coach is aware that he has limited time to get the best out of his team] There’s no time here. The formation is important but not that important. The important thing is the concepts in each position on the pitch. That has to be integrated into the players’ heads. The players will develop when they understand it.

[Setien is open to playing with a three-man defence if necessary] When you ask them to play in another way, it’s not easy to say this works and this doesn’t. Against Valencia, we did things really well. We need to give it time. I don’t rule out 3-4-3 or other formations depending on the game. We have to manage the players’ minutes well

2020 02 01d Retrieve

[When asked about Neymar’s desire for a second Barca stint] That’s good. I love to watch and have great footballers and if I can watch Neymar every day, just imagine

I hope we make him so happy that he is looking forward to staying. He will be here in the future, I have no doubts. The talks have been very normal as with any other player. He is very convinced that we can win. He is perceived to be a winner and cares that things are done well. He takes interest in the talks. He knows he is an important part, one that can solve many games, but we have to rely on the team to be stronger

2020 02 01e Retrieve

[Setien: I have tears when I see the intensity of Dembele’s training] With Dembele, we have not yet spoken. Like most, he has things he can improve on. You have to keep in mind that they are still young kids. Their dedication, from what I have seen, is total and absolute. I have tears when I see the capacity and intensity in which he works

We are delighted with Dembele. He can be the winter signing. You never know how things happen and we always think positively. It’s clear that his recovery will come in handy

2020 02 01f Retrieve

[Setien hopes Barcelona make Messi so happy he wants to stay] I hope we make Messi so happy that he wants to stay. I do believe Barca’s play was going away from the original idea. I want to win all the games and my dream is to leave a good memory

[Barcelona failed to sign a new striker in January despite the fact Luis Suarez is currently sidelined with injury] We can play with no pure striker, with [Antoine] Griezmann or we will figure out something

2020 02 02 Retrieve

[Barca’s manager Quique Setien might have to play Fati more in the second half of the season because of the long-term injury to Luis Suarez] The first thing we are doing is seeing the players in different positions. [Fati] has a lot of talent. We will see how he progresses. He will get more starting time as long as he keeps developing

2020 02 02b Retrieve

[Setien said of Dembele, who has been working hard in training, putting on muscle] His commitment is total. Setien said of Dembele, who has been working hard in training, putting on muscle. It makes me cry to see how intensely and how much he’s working

2020 02 05 Retrieve

[Setien says smiling Lionel Messi ‘loves being at Barcelona’ amid Eric Abidal row] Of course, I have seen him smiling, he seems fine, he loves coming to train, he loves being here, he looks the same as yesterday and the day before. Messi has the experience and the capacity to decide about things that he should or should not do. I’m not going to get involved in the life of Messi, or anyone else. I’m nobody’s dad, I have to ensure that my players come here, come here happy and that what we provide on the pitch are good for them to grow so that we can continue winning. The other stuff doesn’t bother me at all

The majority of things you have said I’m sure are very important things but they don’t affect me at all. I will try everything possible to ensure my group are as little affected as possible. We spoke one minute about this, talking about the importance of tomorrow’s game and the obligation we have to completely focus on that, which is what interests us. My interest is football, as for everything else I’m sure there are situations I’m not able to control so that’s why I don’t waste my time on them. I’m going to talk about what really interests me and the players, football. I will try to make sure everything that happens around the club doesn’t affect us. I know there are always problems in this club and it is the same in every club in the world, I’m sure. You can talk, but talk to me about football, please. I want to have training, prepare for the game and focus

[Much has happened off the field in Setien’s first month since replacing Valverde] No, definitely not! It is true I didn’t have a problem a month ago at home, but what a problem this is to have. I have the same desire, same will, maybe more now because my life has never been easy. This is what you can expect when you come to team of this dimension. I’ve never crumbled easily and I’m absolutely convinced this will go well.

2020 02 05b Retrieve

[Quique Setien is concerned for Ousmane Dembele though is unsure if Barcelona will have to make signings to replace the injured winger] These are things that are pending that will be talked about first of all. We are going to see what the diagnosis is for the problem Dembele has, how long he’s going to be out. Once we know that and have all the info we’ll take decisions. It’s true I was very excited to get Ousmane back to help us, this is obviously an unfortunate situation but I’ve always had problems in my career and what I always try to do is find solutions

We’ll see if it’s going to be a long time out and if we can sign someone, we’ll have to wait and see, and if not we’ll try to find the path to give the team solidity, consistency and identity that is required to win games. We’ll always look at things positively and with excitement. I always said I’m going to be happy here and this doesn’t stop me from being happy. I’m worried most not about Dembele as a footballer. He’s an extraordinary kid who works with intensity and desire to come back. It could be three, four or five months without playing football which is the thing he likes to do the most

[When pressed on Barca’s failure to bring in reinforcements up front] Well I’m sure we’ll always have 11 players! I’m sure we’ll always be competitive as well. In football these things happen. But we are going to be competitive with what we have. If we can’t sign anyone for any reason, it doesn’t matter, we are going to work with the same excitement and desire, ensuring players that are here are completely committed. You can see that today we had another extraordinary training session and are completely focused on the game tomorrow which is what completely bothers us. I would like to have more players. If we had known about the injury to Ousmane, I don’t think Carles Perez would have left the club. But I’m not going to be crying permanently about things, I need to transmit positivity to my squad

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Barcelona have been linked with the possibility of signing an emergency offensive reinforcement] Once we have all the info we’ll take decisions. It’s true I was very excited to get Ousmane back to help us. This is obviously an unfortunate situation but I’ve always had problems in my career and what I always try to do is find solutions

2020 02 06b Retrieve

[Quique Setien says Barcelona took a step forward against Athletic Club on Thursday night, despite being eliminated from the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 quarter-final defeat] Taking into account what has happened to us in other games from home, we have taken a step forward in terms of what we have to improve. It is the same as ever; there are days when you have one chance and put it in, and there are days where you have ten and can’t do it. There isn’t a reasonable explanation. I have never known what to blame it on. Their goal came from a play that wasn’t dangerous. There are things that can’t be controlled and this is one of them. Everything went well, except for the result. I am happy with the team’s work

We controlled the second half. Marc-Andre [ter Stegen] didn’t have any saves to make and it was a shame because we had the game under control. We created several clear chances and they got the goal when there was no time for us to react. We looked good and we were the better team. We didn’t win but it will come. It is a pity the competition doesn’t give us the chance for revenge but we must be positive despite not deserving to be eliminated

The result is always the most important thing, but so is the feeling. Today the team gave a very good performance. It was much better despite it not being easy to control Athletic’s game. We controlled the game in the second half but they scored and we couldn’t respond. We had read the game well, as we wanted to. It is a pity we didn’t go ahead with the chances we missed. We must congratulate our opponents because they did it, they did what we couldn’t

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Setien insists there’s plenty to come from Barcelona after Messi inspires win] I really liked the team. There are things we could have done better, but I’m happy. We have come from behind twice. The team is improving in many things and I am very happy with the performance, the result and everything. We are still missing things, though. You have to enjoy the win because Betis are a great team, who were playing at home

We have improved a lot [in defence]. There are always some imbalances in the way we play, but I am quite happy with the defensive attitude of the team. In the second half, I don’t think we granted them a chance on goal

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Quique Setien has enough Getafe experience] They break up the game and waste time. I hope they do not get promoted. This is lamentable. Getafe are the team that commits the most fouls. He knows it, and it’s lamentable they only added on three minutes, it’s always the same. The officials can’t allow there to be only 25 minutes of play in each half. This is not football, this is something else. It boils my blood

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Setien aiming to exploit Fati’s great potential at Barcelona] I think that Ansu is a boy that is emerging, that we all know that has great potential. You have to understand that you have to give him peace of mind and confidence to exploit what he has inside. Apart from the two goals, what I give credit is the work he has done in defence. He has worked hard. He has given us solutions.

[Setien was satisfied with his side’s performance, although he expects further improvement] I am happy with many things, but not with everything. We have given up too many shots. We made a very good first half, I think we could score more goals. We lost a little control in the second half and conceded too much. But it was a good job by the team

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Barcelona boss Quique Setien is still in the hunt for a new striker but will need authorisation before he can pursue any deal] It’s obvious we need another attacker, there are several names on the table but it depends on many things. First of all, we will need authorisation

[supporters can expect to see more of young attacker Alex Collado but Setien admitted Riqui Puig’s first-team chances could be limited this season] They are two very different kind of players. We try to think which player we need most at certain times of the game. They’re two very good players and they’ve both got chances to play. We’re getting to know them better every day. We’re seeing what they’re capable of doing for us in every training session. It’s a time of learning. With Riqui there are a lot of players in the position where he would normally play but Collado, playing up front, he’s going to get chances. We’ll have to see how things go

[As he prepared for Sunday’s trip to face his former club Real Betis, he reflected on the positive aspects of that game and indicated he is hopeful of ending a three-game winless run on the road in La Liga] It’s about the dynamic of how this team has been playing away from home for some time. The other day I thought we improved a lot but unfortunately the result didn’t go our way. We need to try to take the good conclusions from that game and it’s a question of getting back out onto the pitch, playing another game. There’s not much time to dwell on your sorrows at this club. You need to be fresh and lucid. We’ve improved a lot. We’re seeing continuity but the three points are important because we want to be chasing for the title until the end. It’s time to ratify the improvement in the cup at a really difficult ground. We were hurt by losing the cup game but we’ve learned a lot from it

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Barcelona will have to rest Messi at some point as Setien provides update on striker hunt] Messi, like a lot of other players, knows what he can do and what he can’t do. If he’s on the pitch it’s because he’s able to be. He’s okay, there’s no problem. Like any other players, there will be a time when we have to rest him. I haven’t spent so much time here to be able to evaluate this. These players are so used to playing Sunday to Wednesday for many years that in some cases it is not necessary for them to rest, but we will have a look as it goes on.

[Setien refused to be drawn on links to Loren Moron, who he coached at Real Betis] What I’ve done all of my life is adapt to what I have. If a player arrives then that’s preferable. Dembele’s injury affects us a lot and puts us in a risky situation. In the end, you have to play with 11 men and that’s what we’re going to do. We’ll adapt. We’ll find a solution and the way forward

[Albania international Rey Manaj has trained with the first team over recent days] We don’t know Rey completely. We haven’t seen everything he can do because he’s spent little time here. His willingness is extraordinary and if he’s here it’s because he is going to help us

2020 02 14b Retrieve

[Quique Setien does not believe Real Madrid should be considered favourites for La Liga glory this season] Many league titles have been decided on details, in final minutes, in situations that neither of the two teams are able to control. We’re just as much favourites as Real Madrid. They have got a three-point advantage but we’ve got a game there at the Bernabeu and when that moment comes we’ve got a lot of expectation. We know the importance of the game and of course we’ll go all out for it

It’s clear that we have two different styles. Barca have been playing like this for years, Getafe are playing the way they have been for years. The important thing is your plan and way of doing it overcomes the opposition. We’re clear in what we’re playing for and how we play. What you have to do, you must do well and I think both of us do that

The difficult thing for every club is to stay at the top. I don’t know if it’s us and Madrid or Getafe [as well], who are on a great run. The difficult thing is to keep up that run. There are some difficult games coming up for them in Europe that might take something out of their power in La Liga. Getafe last year stayed up there and this year they’re still up there. I don’t know if this form is going to be enough to catch us and Real Madrid but we have to consider them rivals

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Setien unimpressed with officiating in Barca’s win over Getafe] I was complaining because many times you risk going out from the back and when you are fouled you have to start over. That hurts the pace of the game. I think they have made 30 fouls against 12, and we had one more [yellow] card. I think the referee had to be more severe. Sometimes you have no luck

I want to talk about what happened on the pitch, that is where football is played. We were nervous at the start, and Getafe made it very difficult for us with their press

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Head coach Quique Setien does not expect Barcelona’s focus to waver over a key run of games despite a series of off-field controversies] You’d think it might affect us, but the reality is it’s not like that. We’re very focused on what we need to focus on. We’re focused on football matters, we have a lot to focus on. We know what goes on, but I can assure you it doesn’t influence anything. We’re focused on our objective, which is to win games, play well and allow the fans to enjoy themselves. Anything other than that really doesn’t affect us

Everything the president says is accepted. He told us exactly the same as what he said everywhere. I’m not thinking about that anymore

There are things that I agree with and things that I’m not in agreement with. In the past 20 years, we have won a lot of Champions Leagues. We’ve got the same chance of winning as other teams have. There’s no room for error. There are things we need to try to improve and that we need to do well. That’s clear. We’re not happy with everything, but I think we’re growing gradually and reaching a level that will allow us to compete, definitely, with every team

[Barca controversially signed Martin Braithwaite from Leganes this week] He’s come here with a lot of excitement and a lot of desire. We hope that he can help us a lot

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Barca boss Setien admits to having ‘a lot of affection’ for Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz] I have a lot of affection for Fabian Ruiz, he has had spectacular growth, I’m very happy for him, I hope that tomorrow he will not show all his virtues so we can stop him. I am happy with his goals, he is tremendously humble and a beautiful person

We expect the best version of Napoli. It will be a disputed game. I think we have a very good and very positive dynamic. We have had some really tough games in recent weeks, and we have overcome them very well. I think we’re having a good time. It’s my first Champions League game, it’s a special motivation, it’s emotional for me to start this journey in a stadium like this, full of passion and history. It will be an exciting game. I am flattered by the words of [Napoli boss Gennaro] Gattuso, it’s a pride that he said [good things] about my work. I don’t know if it takes us six or eight seconds to recover the ball, but an important part of our system is to recover the ball as soon as possible. We will go out with the intention of scoring an away goal, be it with more or less midfielders, we will not break our intention. We will try to be brave

[Barcelona face rivals Real Madrid in their next game after playing Napoli] El Clasico? There are two competitions that we want to face with the maximum guarantees, we are in a good moment, tomorrow we face Napoli with energy, then in the Clasico we will try to do the same

2020 02 24b Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Quique Setien had special words of praise for his star player] Messi is a great football player, he has been standing out for 15 years in every single game, that makes him different from the rest. We have not seen a player with such consistency. I also enjoyed Maradona, Cruyff and other football players who made us love this sport

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Setien on Fabian Ruiz] When I arrived I saw Fabian Ruiz’s potential and we decided to keep him. He needs to improve certain things, but he has an incredible ability to learn and he has a wide development margin

(Napoli) paid €30m (£25m / $32m) for him and if he had stayed I have no doubt that they could have earned €60m (£50m / $65m) from his transfer now

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Setien likes Barca’s chances despite losses of Busquets and Vidal] We will look for solutions. We have lost important players, but we will recover two others - Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto. We have to look at things with optimism. We will be optimistic and think positively

[Setien refused to blame his players for their lacklustre performance] It is a good result considering that we have a return game at home. They have defended with 10 players very close to their area. It is true that we have not generated much, but we knew that it was a matter of patience. It has been a close match and I consider it fair. We have had control, but in the first half they defended well and took advantage of the only occasion they had. The second half was different; there were more spaces and we have done more damage. A 1-1 draw is fine for the second leg

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[El Clasico: All pressure on Real Madrid] For Real Madrid this game is vital and much more important than it is for us. It is a key and decisive game for them, it’s also important for us but perhaps not as important. It could be a very important day, a victory would give us a lead of five points but in these games the past is quickly forgotten about. I expect a very close game, we’ll see who deserves to win it more

[Setien is keen to build on that run but is expecting a strong showing from Real, irrespective of their recent run of poor results] I have always been aware of the importance of the ‘Clasico’ when I’ve been watching it from my sofa or in the stadium. If we win I’ll be happier for the fans than for myself, I’m aware of the responsibility I have. I would love to continue the great run that I and the club have there, although you can never go to the Bernabeu feeling relaxed. Real Madrid are always dangerous and perhaps even more when they are in situations like this.

2020 02 29b Retrieve

[Setien would ‘love’ 43 more Clasicos for Lionel Messi ahead of record-setting outing for Barcelona star] We would love to see him play another 43 more. It says a lot. I don’t know the statistics in terms of efficiency but he is very important for us. Hopefully, he will take advantage of a great game and can help us to win

It could be an important day. A victory would give us an advantage but that would not be enough. The reality is that I don’t trust the dynamics. In these matches, the past is forgotten. The present is a premium. The points or the situation in the table are not forgotten, because it is a Clasico and the two try to win beyond the situation of each one. But it will be a disputed match settled by small margins. We will see who does it better

All the matches are different. For Madrid, this match is surely vital, surely more important than for us in terms of the situation and the time that may remain [in the season]. For Madrid, it is a key and decisive match. I don’t know if it’s decisive but, very important. I don’t trust anything. It will be competitive, there will be phases [of the match] that we will master and others that we will not. Madrid at home and on any pitch are always dangerous. These feelings are forgotten when the match begins. You don’t think about the consequences but about playing and doing your best. Everything is in the hands of the players, of their ability to carry out the plan. That added tension that comes from the situation does not influence so much

I wasn’t there to see Pep, I was there to see the game. We talked about a little of everything. What City did in the Bernabeu can help us to an extent

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Quique Setien confirmed Alba’s inclusion during his pre-match a press conference] Alba is doing well, the feelings are positive. He is confident, we will see tomorrow. He is fully recovered and will have no problem playing

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Quique Setien sees ‘many turns’ left in La Liga after El Clasico loss] Last week, we were two points up. Now, they are one up. There is much left and this [title race] can take many turns. It’s a tough defeat because these games affect you when you lose them, obviously, but we have the ability to recover. There are positive things to rescue and we will analyse what we have not done well

I think we did a good first half and they did it in the second. Even at the beginning of the second half we started quite well and we had it under control, but we started to have inaccuracies and they squeezed us very hard

In such a game, one more enjoys suffering, the result is uncertain and when there is a chance for the opposition we live with tension just as when we created them. I did not alter the functioning of my life, I am still happy despite having lost a game that I did not expect to lose but that possibility is always there. Today we did things well despite how they turned out

It was having opportunities and not scoring, we generated opportunities and found spaces, our build up play was good but we did not succeed

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Messi’s barren spell not troubling Setien despite Barca downturn] I don’t care that Messi didn’t score recently. If he scored it would be better, but it has never bothered me. It could happen to Leo or anyone. He is having chances and that is the important thing, that chances are generated. He has been scoring goals for 14 years, if he now has a period in which he scores less it is not important

I am calm because I know that we are going to face the game having got over the [Real Madrid] defeat. There are no sequels of the Clasico. We are aware that we generated seven scoring chances, which is a significant number. That defeat will not affect us. I understand that it is very difficult for Barca and Madrid to win everything until the end. The league is very complicated, it is very difficult to win the matches against any team. We are motivated to keep the pace we want

He will be as he always has been. He just has to control the way he expresses himself a bit, but he will keep his character and that’s it.

[Arthur has suffered an ankle injury] He has pain, some discomfort, and we have to see how he evolves with the treatment

2020 03 06b Retrieve

[Setien has told Sarabia to calm down a bit and the Barcelona coach admitted on Thursday that he and his assistant apologised to the players] This situation has affected me a lot, it’s something I’m worried about. They can criticise us for making bad substitutions, for planning the games badly, for whatever, but not for behaviour. Eder is a kid who has a big temperament, which for a lot of things suits us brilliantly, but he has to learn to control himself. He’s working on that, trying to improve, because we’ve had these situations. He’s trying to fix it. He’s a young boy, an impulsive boy, who has so much energy and for a lot of things that’s really positive. But we’re on the bench for the club we represent and our behaviour must be exemplary. We’ve spoken about it, he’s worried too. We have apologised, and above all I have, because in the end it’s my fault, I should control these things

2020 03 06c Retrieve

[Quique Setien says the focus on Barcelona assistant Eder Sarabia’s expletive-laden outburst during the Clasico defeat to Real Madrid is embarrassing] It is a bit embarrassing that it becomes news and has a dimension like the one it has acquired. That is embarrassing, that the media use a camera that is permanently following you on the bench. It is something that should be eradicated. It is something that should end. You can’t spend all day with your hand over your mouth. I don’t have to force myself to cover my mouth. It’s unfortunate that these things happen

It has affected me a lot. The first thing I think about is the club and the club’s image. It must be a clean image - you have to take care of it. It is a topic that worries me a lot. It is something very important to me. You can criticise us because we make wrong the changes, because we set the team up wrong, for whatever, but not for our behaviour. You have to understand people and moments. Not everyone is the same. Eder is a kid who has a great temperament, which for many things is phenomenal. But you have to learn to control yourself. These situations are more and more sporadic, but it’s something we don’t like. It is no excuse that these situations are seen on the benches. It is an issue that Eder is trying to solve. He is a young kid, an impulsive kid, who has a lot of energy. But we are on the bench of a club you represent and the behaviour should be faultless

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Quique Setien says Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future is not under threat due to behind-the-scenes ructions at Camp Nou] These are normal things at big clubs. Perhaps the sad thing is that these crises are transmitted to the media. It would be better to work in a quieter environment but things are like that. I don’t think what happened has made a player like Messi rethink whether or not to [stay with] the club. I am sure he will finish his career at Camp Nou.

[Setien insists he is not keen on the prospect of Barca being awarded the title on account of two-point lead over bitter rivals Real Madrid with nine games remaining] I would like to be the champion by playing La Liga, winning it on the pitch. I don’t know what will happen if we can’t finish it but I would not feel completely champion because of being in front of Real Madrid now. We were already there when I arrived

2020 04 15b Retrieve

[Barcelona boss Setien eyes trophy glory] I have told the players many times that I don’t have time to lose, and I’d like to win both the Champions League and La Liga. Of course I’ve dreamed of winning these titles, and having a walk in Liencres [his hometown] among the cows with the Champions League and La Liga trophies in my hands

The situation is what it is, I don’t know if this means it is OK to give to us the Liga title, I won’t feel like a champion even having a larger lead than when I arrived, when we were equal with Real Madrid. This is a very hard situation for everyone and what matters to me is to find a solution ASAP for going out and being able to see others, and helping people who are suffering this situation with more intensity

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Barcelona boss Setien says La Liga restart plans are ‘unworkable’] Everyone wants to be ready for when the season starts again, but that cannot happen until the health authorities can guarantee that there will be no problems. I have read the protocol and the reality is I don’t know if it can be carried out as it is written. I think it’s unworkable. I think it’s very difficult logistically

[Barca are currently top of La Liga, but Setien would not be comfortable with his team being handed the title should the league be abandoned] The situation is what it is, I don’t know if this means it is OK to give to us the Liga title, I won’t feel like a champion even having a larger lead than when I arrived, when we were equal with Real Madrid. This is a very hard situation for everyone and what matters to me is to find a solution ASAP for going out and being able to see others, and helping people who are suffering this situation with more intensity

2020 04 16b Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has opened the door for Philippe Coutinho to return to Camp Nou] Coutinho? I like him very much. He is still a Barcelona player. You have to pay the clause or a transfer fee to Barca. I think he can be here at the beginning of next season. I don’t know if he wants to come back or go away again, I have to talk to him to ask him. He is a great player, no doubt about it

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Barcelona manager Quique Setien recently admitted that though he’s a big fan of Neymar, any re-signing may prove difficult to pull off] All the great players, how can I not like them? Neymar is one of them, but as things are, you have to consider what is possible and what is not possible. We know that these footballers cost a lot of money and that it is not easy to bring them

Everyone wants to be ready for when the season starts again, but that cannot happen until the health authorities can guarantee that there will be no problems. I have read the protocol and the reality is I don’t know if it can be carried out as it is written. I think it’s unworkable. I think it’s very difficult logistically. The situation is what it is, I don’t know if this means it is ok to give to us the Liga title, I won’t feel like a champion even having a larger lead than when I arrived, when we were equal with Real Madrid. This is a very hard situation for everyone and what matters to me is to find a solution ASAP for going out and being able to see others, and helping people who are suffering this situation with more intensity

2020 04 17b Retrieve

[Quique Setien insisted Ivan Rakitic had not asked to leave Barcelona, while he said it was too soon to discuss Philippe Coutinho’s future] I have no information that Rakitic wants to leave the club and he has no transmitted that to me. And with me he has played a lot and can continue doing it. I am happy with his performance and have nothing to say. We have to wait to see what happens and if he wants to leave or not. And if I have to say it, the time will come

[Another player linked with a permanent Barcelona exit is Coutinho] He is a great footballer and I have always liked him, but it is too soon. There are things to deal with.

Coutinho? I like him very much. He is still a Barcelona player. You have to pay the clause or a transfer fee to Barca. I think he can be here at the beginning of next season. I don’t know if he wants to come back or go away again, I have to talk to him to ask him. He is a great player, no doubt about it

2020 04 17c Retrieve

[Setien can’t pick between Neymar or Lautaro Martinez for Barca] Both of them, because they are good players

All the great players, how can I not like them? Neymar is one of them, but as things are, you have to consider what is possible and what is not possible. We know that these footballers cost a lot of money and that it is not easy to bring them

Everyone wants to be ready for when the season starts again, but that cannot happen until the health authorities can guarantee that there will be no problems. I have read the protocol and the reality is I don’t know if it can be carried out as it is written. I think it’s unworkable. I think it’s very difficult logistically. The situation is what it is, I don’t know if this means it is ok to give to us the Liga title, I won’t feel like a champion even having a larger lead than when I arrived, when we were equal with Real Madrid. This is a very hard situation for everyone and what matters to me is to find a solution ASAP for going out and being able to see others, and helping people who are suffering this situation with more intensity

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Setien speaks about Barcelona’s chances of signing Lautaro Martinez] We talk about transfers, but this pandemic is going to condition many things. The situation of the clubs will be economically complicated. I am not pessimistic or optimistic with Lautaro. I like how I like great footballers, but I have no illusions with any. We all want the championship to end even if it is behind closed doors. But I would like to be guaranteed that there would be no problem

I see it difficult to resume the championship. Until some light is seen, I prefer to stay at home

Days before Barcelona called me, I was about to leave to coach in Egypt. I would’ve coached Barcelona for free. Well, maybe not for free, but in almost any circumstance

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Barcelona manager Quique Setien tells about his career dreams and goals] I have told the players many times that I don’t have time to lose, and I’d like to win both the Champions League and La Liga. Of course I’ve dreamed of winning these titles, and having a walk in Liencres [his hometown] among the cows with the Champions League and La Liga trophies in my hands

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Setien was unaware of any desire to leave from Rakitic and in a recent interview said he had been pleased with the player’s performances this season] I have no information that Rakitic wants to leave the club and he has no transmitted that to me. And with me he has played a lot and can continue doing it. I am happy with his performance and have nothing to say. We have to wait to see what happens and if he wants to leave or not. And if I have to say it, the time will come.

2020 04 27 Retrieve

[La Liga might not return before summer] Everyone wants to be ready for when the season starts again, but that cannot happen until the health authorities can guarantee that there will be no problems. I have read the protocol and the reality is I don’t know if it can be carried out as it is written. I think it’s unworkable. I think it’s very difficult logistically. The situation is what it is, I don’t know if this means it is ok to give to us the Liga title, I won’t feel like a champion even having a larger lead than when I arrived, when we were equal with Real Madrid. This is a very hard situation for everyone and what matters to me is to find a solution ASAP for going out and being able to see others, and helping people who are suffering this situation with more intensity

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Neymar return to Barcelona played down as Setien rules out mega transfer] €222 million for him? No. I don’t think there is anyone who can spend that much. And small clubs have water in their throats. Many of them lived to the limit and at the first serious jolt they went into crisis. Football lived at an uncontrolled pace

[A swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic has been mooted] I speak very often with my managers and nobody has ever told me anything about it. Among other things, Arthur has already said twice that he wants to stay at Barca and I understand him perfectly. In his place I would think like him: I would not leave a team like this, with the chance to have the best player in the world alongside him. And a great coach! Pjanic is another excellent player, but today it is risky to talk about the market

2020 05 01b Retrieve

[Quique Setien has expressed his belief that Lionel Messi and Barcelona will always be united] He will leave Barcelona for free? No, it won’t happen. Messi and Barcelona will always be united. It’s just like that. Leo has been at Barca for 20 years and nobody could explain a breakdown situation.

[Setien also weighed in on speculation linking Barca with Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz] I was with him for a year and it was enough to see that he was a great player, of an extraordinary level, he had enormous potential and he showed it very quickly. He was comfortable with me because I put him in a football situation that did him good

2020 05 01c Retrieve

[Setien on Lautaro Martinez & possible Messi link-up] He is an important player, a great player, and Barcelona are always interested in great players, of course. But in these times without football, a different name comes out every day. For many players the opportunity to be able to play with Messi represents a huge incentive

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[Setien: I don’t want Barcelona to win La Liga without finishing season] I wouldn’t like to win the title in this way. It’s common sense that the league table stays as it is [if the season cannot be concluded]. However the reality is that everyone would like to finish the season and win it all playing all the games, the same as the Champions League

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Setien has previously said he would not be happy if Barcelona were awarded the title without the season being completed] I wouldn’t like to win the title in this way. It’s common sense that the league table stays as it is [if the season cannot be concluded], however the reality is that everyone would like to finish the season and win it all playing all the games, the same as the Champions League

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Quique Setien has rejected Lionel Messi’s claim that Barcelona were on course for more Champions League disappointment] Messi’s words I think have created a big debate. We are convinced that we can win the Champions League. We have to improve some things, but without a doubt we are convinced that the team has the potential to win the Champions League. We can win it. We are convinced we can win the Champions League, of course we can

He is not completely recovered, but I think he is in good shape and he has been working with the squad for a few days. We noticed he lacked a bit of confidence and form. When we start playing, we will see his preparations. We are very happy with the commitment and performance of the players since coming back, although right now we are concentrating above all on the physical side

2020 05 23b Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has said that he hopes he can manage PSG star Neymar someday] I’d love to be able to coach him someday as he is a top-class player. To be honest, I’ve fulfilled a dream in coaching (Lionel) Messi, but I’d be absolutely delighted if Neymar joined us.

[Setien was tight-lipped on a bid for Martinez, though he did say the 22-year-old would into his team’s system] We all know that there are perhaps four of five strikers capable of playing in this role and he is one of them

[Setien said of Rakitic] He’s in my plans. I don’t know how much game time he’s had this season but he knows that I’ll be counting on him

[Setien has expressed his hope that La Liga can be completed on the pitch rather than be ended early] I appreciate that we will now finish the season and anything can happen in the final rounds of games. Despite us being on top of the table currently, I would certainly prefer for the season to finish on the pitch

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Barcelona manager Quique Setien has claimed that his side will be hurt by new rules allowing five substitutions per game instead of three] I think this will do us more harm than good. Many games are resolved in the final minutes and with this change rivals will be able to have more fresh players in this phase of the match, where we tend to take advantage of this fatigue. We’re working very hard. We thought we’d have more time to train in a group. One thing we couldn’t do was go into the video room together to review tactical concepts that are important. Being so long without playing is a motivation in itself. The situation has allowed players to rest mentally and eliminate stress

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[Blaugrana coach Quique Setien had admitted he would like to coach Neymar] I’d love to be able to coach him someday as he is a top-class player. To be honest, I’ve fulfilled a dream in coaching (Lionel) Messi, but I’d be absolutely delighted if Neymar joined us

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Barcelona coach Quique Setien has challenged his team to win all of their remaining La Liga games] Normally you play games in preseason and measure the minutes played, and now that will be different. We will see how the games go and what the situation is for each player. Everybody is different. We think that we have to win every game if we want to be champions. We’re doing well and we know that we have to be in top form to compete and win every game. We are in a good place mentally. We will see how the games go and the difficulties posed by our opponents. The team are in pretty good condition for the work that we have done. We’re going to need one more week to really be in shape. All of the players are very keen and very motivated to play. It’s been good for us, because the players have been resting. The team look to have special motivation. I suppose that’s the same for every squad

Luis Suarez has had extra time to recover and to be able to compete again. He’s practically at full fitness; we’ll see how he goes when the competition gets underway, but in two or three games I’m sure he’ll be at his top level

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Setien confirmed Barca star is healthy despite quad injury] It’s not just Messi - other players haven’t trained because they’ve had niggles. It’s happened to lots of them. Leo has a cramp that’s not hugely significant. I think he’s perfectly fine and he won’t have any problems. It’s the same for any other player. We’ll see how the league goes and what circumstances come up. We have lots of games and a small squad. I always want to have Messi on the pitch, of course

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Coutinho hasn’t played for Bayern since the Bundesliga restarted in May due to an ankle injury. And though his undoubted talent has been there in flashes - one performance against Werder Bremen in December stands out - there is little desire, either from within the club or among the fans, to pursue a permanent transfer this summer] In principle he’s a Barcelona player

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Messi fit for La Liga return as Barca boss Setien has ‘no doubts’] We didn’t have any doubts over his availability against Mallorca. There have also been others with [injury] problems. He stopped [training] out of precaution

[Setien, however, is unsure whether Luis Suarez will start away to Mallorca] It’s something that we have to talk about. I’m sure he could play from the start. It would be hasty for him to play the whole match. We don’t know if he’ll play from start to finish. He’s doing very well, but we have to avoid putting him at risk. Any [injury] problem makes you miss three or four matches, which would be very damaging.

He’s an extraordinary player. He has some qualities that any team would want. He’s very active, he puts a lot of pressure on opponents and defences, his movement is good and he has great effectiveness. He’s a great addition, without doubt

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[The title or the sack? Barcelona boss Setien must win over Messi to win La Liga] Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being here. Yesterday, I was walking past cows in my village. Today, I was at Barcelona’s training ground coaching the best players in the world

When you’re out of work, waiting for an opportunity, you imagine [receiving an offer from] a team that’s down the bottom, in trouble. It’s not normal to take over a team that’s first

[Teams will now be allowed to use five substitutes in a bid to protect players from the increased injury risks] I think this will do us more harm than good. Many games are resolved in the final minutes and with this rule change rivals will be able to have more fresh players in this phase of the match, when we tend to take advantage of their fatigue.

[The former Atletico and Racing Santander midfielder lined out against the Dutchman’s ‘Dream Team’ during his playing days and it changed his whole view of the game] I told Cruyff I’d have given my little finger to have played for his team. And not just to play at Barcelona but for how they played, because I saw how the players enjoyed themselves

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Top scorer Messi had a thigh problem] He’s doing perfectly and will not have any problem

[On Suarez] He is better than we expected. But the question is how ready he is after so long out and whether he is ready to start

2020 06 12b Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has confirmed that both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are fit to start Sunday’s Primera Division encounter with Mallorca on Sunday] Suarez is ready to be a starter, but he will not be able to play for the full 90 minutes. We’ll not take risks with him after five months, but it will be good for him to play and he will need games to be as strong as before his injury. Messi is there to play, he is perfectly fine. He has trained well and there is no problem

Messi and many of these players know how to slow down when necessary. For some players, the longer they are on the pitch, the better

[The former Betis boss thinks that his side are well primed to attack the last 11 matches of the season, with Barca holding a two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the league] I think this break has been good for us, especially in everyone’s mind. It has given us time for reflection and analysis that has been very good for us, but other teams have also been able to do that. Real Mallorca have been able to freshen up themselves to bring their best level. There are many things that can happen. We’ll see if we will be better or remain the same

2020 06 12c Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Quique Setien has held discussions with Arthur over the midfielder’s future, but is counting on him for the remainder of the season] It is true that we have talked about something, but not too much. The current circumstances are different from the usual ones and will affect the market. As for the players, I am clear that all those who are currently in the squad, I count on them and I need everyone because there are going to be many games. On outside speculation, I choose not to speak

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Messi’s fitness was a major concern ahead of the resumption] He’s ready to play, he’s perfectly okay. He’s trained well, there is no problem. Messi and a lot of these players know how to gauge things and how to save their strength when necessary. As for breaks, we’ll see. For some, the more time they’re on the pitch, the better. Surely he is to be a starter, but not for the full 90 minutes. We will not take risks after five months. It will be good for him to play and he will need games to be the same as he was before

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Setien satisfied with Barca as he singles out ‘spectacular’ Suarez] The feelings are good. There are always things that you want to improve, but I am satisfied with the game we have made. We have had an effectiveness…but we were fine with the ball. We have had a break, but I am very satisfied. To be the first game without playing, we could be accused of a lack of rhythm, but I think it is a good start to face this sprint that we have 10 games left. I have good feelings in general

[Setien was pleased with the Uruguayan forward, who set up Messi’s sealer after replacing Antoine Griezmann] Everything he has done, he has done well. He had quality actions. Surely we will see how he is improving, but he has been spectacular.

[Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger noting earlier this week that the veteran striker doesn’t need replacing] Barcelona has always bought the greatest players. Personally, I’m not sure that Suarez needs to be replaced. They can add another striker because it’s true that Suarez and [Lionel] Messi are the main contributors and they might need somebody else who can score goals. I still think Griezmann at some stage will start to score goals, he doesn’t look completely adapted, maybe now after confinement he will be refreshed because he’s a good goalscorer as well. But I’m convinced they will buy another striker as well

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Barcelona boss Quique Setien says Lionel Messi must be assessed for more than just his contribution in front of goal as he nears another career milestone] Leo is fine. You don’t only have to assess the goals he scored, but also the rest of his contributions, like assisting. That gives us a lot of points. It’s an astronomical number. I think he’s reached 700 goals and that’s why he’s the best player in the world.

[With another fixture against Sevilla on Friday, Setien is yet to decide if either forward will start against Leganes] I have not decided if Luis Suarez will start tomorrow, I have to talk to him. We have to be very cautious, after long injuries muscle problems can start to appear. We must take care. Luis Suarez could be one of the players to rest tomorrow or at a later time. Luckily, we have more players. We have a team to adapt to the circumstances. Griezmann is indisputable, he is a great footballer, we continue to count on him, he will continue to play a leading role because he is important for the team and the club, but there are also other players that we have to use

We would rather play with the support of our fans tomorrow but we know it’s not possible and we have to adapt. Football loses its essence playing in front of empty stands. I hope we don’t lose any intimidation factor because we don’t have our fans. The public factor would help us a lot, I hope it doesn’t hurt us too much now we won’t have them with us

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Quique Setien praised Antoine Griezmann for doing a commendable job in Barcelona’s 2-0 La Liga victory over Leganes] Griezmann is a boy who does a commendable job. He is an extremely important player. I knew the game was going to be difficult. Unless you have the fortune of getting it right at the beginning, which opens the game, it will be complicated. It has been so. We started very well, but then we lost some balls and gave them life. It happened to us in the cup match [in January]. They could have scored, then we have already controlled the last 20 minutes. They close very well and defend very well. It is not easy to find spaces

2020 06 20 Retrieve

[Barcelona coach Quique Setien disagreed with Gerard Pique and believes Real Madrid will drop points late in the La Liga season] I think that about Pique is the frustration of the moment. We were very confident because we had 30 very good minutes at the beginning of the game and then we got messy. In the second half, we lost balls that gave them life. Tomorrow, he will surely think differently because I am sure that Madrid will not win everything

The rivals always have things to say, there are very tough confrontations and you have to be optimistic. We don’t depend on ourselves, but you have to be optimistic

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona boss Setien confident De Jong will return from injury amid La Liga title race] We hope that won’t be the case. He has a small injury in the area of his calf and we’ll see how he progresses. But I’m sure he’ll be able to play a few games. He’s a complete player because he gives us a lot of things when we have the ball, but he’s also physical and covers a lot of space. He’s young, he has dynamism, enthusiasm and quality. He’s learning many things we’ve been trying to improve. It’s true that he’s an important loss and he could help us a lot. We’re a little upset that he’s not there, but these are things you have to adapt to. I still have confidence in the people who are going to play in his position

[Meaning the title race is no longer in their hands, Setien says his Barca players have trained positively in recent days] We’ve trained very well. There’s a bit of residual fatigue but we’re going to try to keep up the excitement and expectations because we’re convinced we can win the title and we’re going to try to improve the footballing aspects we have to control

As they gave us the option of taking 23 players, it’s difficult for Cuenca to play, but we can’t include players who haven’t passed the [COVID-19] tests. We’ll see tomorrow because one of the two [Cuenca and Morer] will be left out. But they train with us every day and they’re here. If we decided he [Umtiti] has to play, he would play. He’s getting better and better and this is strictly a subject for me. These are football issues. It’s true he’s better but he was injured for a while and he hasn’t been at the level of others. He’s much better now and has his chances to play, like everyone else.

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Juventus director Fabio Paratici said Arthur has to be convinced about swapping Barcelona for Turin] It is true that we have talked about something, but not too much. The current circumstances are different from the usual ones and will affect the market. As for the players, I am clear that all those who are currently in the squad, I count on them and I need everyone because there are going to be many games. On outside speculation, I choose not to speak

2020 06 24 Retrieve

[Juventus and Barcelona reach agreement over sensational Arthur-Pjanic swap deal] If this is the case I’m sure it’s affecting him, yes. I’m very happy with what he’s doing, he’s an important player for us and we’ll try to get the best out of him. Given how things are we need all of our players and we’ll try and isolate ourselves from this situation and the media who are reporting on and talking about these rumours. We need him to be focused. It’s true it is a difficult situation but we have to overcome it somehow

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Arthur agrees to Juventus move which opens door for Pjanic to Barcelona] I’m sure it’s affecting him, yes. I’m very happy with what he’s doing, he’s an important player for us and we’ll try to get the best out of him. Given how things are we need all of our players and we’ll try and isolate ourselves from this situation and the media who are reporting on and talking about these rumours. We need him to be focused. It’s true it is a difficult situation but we have to overcome it somehow

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Sarri had appeared irked by the fact Barca counterpart Quique Setien spoke about the rumours this week, claiming Arthur was affected by the speculation] Given how things are, we need all of our players and we’ll try and isolate ourselves from this situation and the media who are reporting on and talking about these rumours. We need him to be focused. It’s true it is a difficult situation but we have to overcome it somehow

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[when asked about the subdued Arthuro] It is most likely affecting him, we are happy with the work he does. He is an important player with the work he does and we want him to stay focused. We need every player, we will try to keep them isolated from these situations, even if we cannot control it

2020 06 26b Retrieve

[Quique Setien says he has not been told Arthur will be leaving Barcelona for Juventus] This that is happening is absolutely abnormal. In principle I still have Arthur. He is important like the rest. He will train and he will travel and has the possibility of playing. I hope all this noise does not affect him and that if he plays, he tries to give the best of himself. Any player who is in such a situation must make it clear the season is not over, win a title and leave a good impression until the last day he is here. I do not take it for granted that he is going to leave. The club has not informed me Arthur is leaving. He will be with us until the last game of the season. If it happens, I will try to convince him to leave a good impression. The most important thing is to be honest until the last day and I am convinced he is

Since he has been with me, he has put a lot of interest in doing what we asked him to do. Maybe he lacked a little continuity. It is not easy to change things in a footballer that other coaches told him were very good. When they tell him it is very good to keep the ball and we come and we want to play two touches, it is difficult. Yes, it’s possible he lacked some physicality, but he is on the right track

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Pjanic and Arthur to undergo medicals as Barcelona & Juventus close on midfielder swap] I’m counting on him. We need to make sure that this noise doesn’t affect him and that he is able to give his very best

2020 06 27b Retrieve

[Quique Setien felt Barcelona lacked a cutting edge, as well as a bit of luck, following the 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo] They took a lot of risks in the last few minutes and they found a goal that gave them a point. We should not have got into that situation because we were much the better team in the first half. We had to have gone in at the break with a more comfortable scoreline. We’re not in that moment of clarity. We did a lot of things well. It should have been a more comfortable game. We definitely lack conviction to turn our play into goals. The superiority we had in the first half was enough to have won the match and gone into [the second] more relaxed. We’re finding it difficult. Scoring is sometimes a question of luck

[Setien acknowledges that Barca may now require help from others if they are to retain their crown in Spain] We’ve got little margin for error now and, in theory, we have to win all our games and hope our rival slips up. We’ll try to keep picking up maximum points

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Setien defends benching of Barcelona star Griezmann] I don’t take into consideration the player’s price tag. Last week we chose one specific team, and today we decided on another one. Last week you asked me why Ansu Fati wasn’t playing, why Riqui Puig wasn’t playing and today why Griezmann isn’t playing. These are decisions I make and they are technical decisions. They’re not made rashly, and they are done with the best of intentions for the team

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Head coach Quique Setien has included Arthur Melo in the squad to face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday] I have no doubt about his greatest commitment until the last day he is here. He is a player until the last game of the season. He has committed himself to being one more [member of the squad]. He will dedicate himself fully to achieving the objectives. I have no doubts about him. He has said that he will be in the best conditions. I’ll decide if he plays more or less

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Barcelona manager Quique Setien has meanwhile included Arthur in his squad to face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as he backed him to put his looming transfer to one side] I have no doubt about his greatest commitment until the last day he is here. He is a player until the last game of the season. He has committed himself to being one more [member of the squad]. He will dedicate himself fully to achieving the objectives. I have no doubts about him. He has said that he will be in the best conditions. I’ll decide if he plays more or less