“Yesterday I was walking around in my home town with COWS … now I am here in Barcelona”: Quique Setien admits that taking Nou Camp hot-seat is beyond his “wildest dreams,” as he strives to reach the third to secure the successive LaLiga title
- Quique Setien was introduced to the media as the new Barcelona manager
- The former Real Betis manager has come in to replace Axed Ernesto Valverde
- He joked that on Monday he was surrounded by cows before he took the job
Quique Setien admitted that he was ‘walking with cows’ in his home town before the call offered him the job in Barcelona on Monday.
The 61-year-old followed training on Tuesday morning before signing a contract until June 2022.
After signing his contract with the media, Setien said: ‘I was walking around yesterday in my hometown with cows around me and now I am here in Barcelona with the best players in the world.
Quique Setien was presented to the media for the first time as the new Barcelona manager
Setien spoke alongside President Josep Bartomeu (left) and sports director Eric Abidal (right)
Setien revealed that he was surrounded 24 hours ago in his home town, surrounded by cows
‘I want to thank this institution for giving it a chance. Even in my wildest dreams I could have imagined this. I have to thank the club.
‘I am enthusiastic about this challenge and this project. That is the biggest thing I have to pass on to the players. I have to show the players that and normally it’s not that complicated for me to pass it on. ”
Valverde was fired even though Barcelona was the top of LaLiga and in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Barcelona still competes on three fronts and given the change of manager mid-season, the former Real Betis boss is determined to “try and win everything.”
The former Real Betis coach is determined to “try to win everything” for the remainder of this season
The three men discussed pastor Ernesto Valverde and why the change was made now
‘My goal is to win everything! All you can win, “he said.
“This club has no other path to follow. Year after year, to win as many trophies as possible. I think the best way to win is to play good football. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s not just about one day, it’s about sustaining it. “
Setien especially thanked his predecessor for leaving such a qualitative side for him to inherit, but questions about Valverde’s resignation were directed to President Josep Bartomeu.
When asked why it was decided to close Valverde’s mis-season, Bartomeu said: ‘The dynamics in the team can be improved, we are in the next round of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey starts and we thought that it was such a dynamic that we can improve.
“We have often talked about this with Valverde, very openly with him, and we have always been very close to Ernesto Valverde with a good relationship and always talked about what could be improved.”
Bartomeu thought that the ‘dynamics of the team’ could be improved by a change in management
Bartomeu admitted that they had spoken with other candidates, but he refused to go into the details of those who had refused the position.
Former midfielder Xavi Hernandez was one of those who allegedly rejected the chance to replace Valverde.
“I’m not just going to talk about Xavi,” Abidal said. ‘When making decisions, the board knows that answers are needed.
“Every manager is different. Setien is here because we like his way of working and his style. We have complete confidence in the coach and the staff. ”
In the first season of Valverde with Barcelona, the club was one game away to remain unbeaten for an entire LaLiga season. The only one she defeated: Quique Setien with Real Betis.
Setien shared words with Lionel Messi on the pitch after that match and he will now manage the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“To manage the best in the world and his teammates – he has great teammates – I have always talked to him and others,” said the new boss of the club.
“I always said admiration is one thing, but the reality is different. Everyone must have their place. Messi is Messi, Busquets is Busquets. “
The 61-year-old is convinced that he knows what Barcelona needs to analyze them carefully
Setien wasted no time passing on his expectations and principles to the team while following his formal presentation to the media.
Players were all smiling when they came forward and Setien is not willing to jeopardize his beliefs, even if he is not sure “my way is the best” for this group.
“Every time a new manager comes in, there is an incentive for everyone in the dressing room,” he added.
‘You notice it immediately. This incentive that we saw in the session today must be sustained and I have never met a coach who is the same.
“We all have our own reservations … I don’t know if my way is the best, but it’s my way. I am very clear about what Barcelona needs. I have seen this from outside, we have viewed and analyzed them. There are many things that we are very clear about and we will try to convey that. “