BARCELONA — (14 January 2020) Quique Setién has taken over for Ernesto Valverde in the dugout. The former Real Betis coach has a long coaching career. Will he be able to guide the Blaugrana to the LaLiga title, and perform better in the Champions League?
The new head coach has signed a two-year contract with Barcelona. He arrives with a lot of positive comments by playters who have played for teams he has managed, partiucarly at Las Palmas and Real Betis.
The digital team at Barcelona have been creating material so that people can get to know Quique better. Here is a short video called “10 Things About Quieque Setién.”
Quique Setien – Football Manager
A couple of quotes provide some insight into the philosophy of Setién:
“I have a motto, that I will never change my way of seeing things,” Setien told the Independent in 2018. “Sometimes, how I feel about football, it doesn’t matter if a team wins or loses. What attracts me to a match is whether the teams play well, that there are footballers, that it goes beyond the result.
“I’m a romantic, I like the football. I’m a spectator, and I don’t buy a ticket to watch a team stay stuck in their half waiting for a 0-0 or a counter-attack.”
Former manager Valverde released a short statement via the FC Barcelona media accounts in which he said, “My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start. In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.”
“I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the Club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.
“Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setién also.”