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Quique Setién came stomping at FC Barcelona, when a large part of Barcelona celebrated the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde. The azulgrana popular jury denounced the poor game that showed the team under the orders of Extremadura, and when the brand new technician promised in his first press conference “Just play well”, the Camp Nou was painted pink. Nothing is further from reality.
- 11 games with FC Barcelona
7 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses
Although in his debut he stuck to the classic 4-3-3 Barca, shortly after inventing alignments that did not finish conveying good feelings. Experimented with a 3-5-2 in the match against Ibiza in Copa del Rey (going through the hairs), he tried a 3-1-4-2 against Valencia (and lost 2-0) and only 4-3-1-2 went well in the victories against Betis and Eibar. However, in the majority of matches a variant that little liked in the fans coincided: The four mediocentros.
In recent times with Valverde, Barça accused the bad game and the shallow depth of their players, something that seemed to change with Setién, but has not finished. After the elimination copera against Athletic Club, Barcelona would overcome several complicated matches such as visiting Betis or receiving Getafe, and then hitting Eibar at home in what seemed to be the beginning of the staff connection. Once again, it was just a mirage.
After Eibar, the final stretch of the season was opened with the return of the Champions League and the visit to San Paolo. However, playing against Naples at home is not receiving Eibar at Camp Nou. Making the four midfielders work was not such an easy task and the team’s game was again very depleted, away from that art promised by Setién on his first day in Can Barça.
However, the technician would enjoy a new opportunity to claim: came the Classic at the Bernabéu. The clashes with Real Madrid are those where practically all lacks are forgotten with a victory, but the Barca coach would forget about one of the phrases he left in his presentation: “to win you have to play well.” And that is something that practically He hasn’t managed since he arrived at Camp Nou.
Aligning once more to four midfielders to try to have control, Barça, very lacking in depth, did not dominate the game at any time (Do not confuse dominate with having possession). Real Madrid gave more sense of danger throughout the game and in the second half those of Setién looked like a grogui boxer waiting for the final knockout to arrive. No trace of his game philosophy, or the quarry, or the ‘cruyffismo’ that he defended so much.
Quique preferred to date Arturo Vidal and Jong in the bands, escorting a double pivot with Arthur and Busquets, before giving entrance to Ansu Fati (or Braithwaite), to give more depth and penalize a Marcelo who goes through one of his worst moments. For many, one cheerful and attractive betrayal of the game that he promised in his presentation and the ‘Valverdization’ of Setién.
Neither game nor quarry
While it is true, the template is what it is and the coach has fewer troops than anyone would want, but the quarry that much praised is not seen much. Two games lasted Riqui Puig counting for Setién in the calls, and practically the same thing happened with Alex Collado. The extreme debuted against Valencia, was included in the occasional list and from there it has not been seen anymore.
The technician also wasted his bullet from the quarry at don’t trust Ansu Fati to be a starter in the match at the Bernabéu. The Hispano-Guinean did not participate until minute 81, when he entered replacing Griezmann, and did not have a greater relevance in the match.
However, one of the aspects most rescued by the culé fan is the attitude of the coaching staff, after some images that have transcended after the Classic. In them, the second of Setién is seen, Eder Sarabia, asking players for more intensity so vehemently, a tough attitude with the players that has been required lately by the fans.
However, several media report the discomfort generated by the character of Sarabia in the Barca dressing room, accustomed to a looser environment and with doubts of the ancestry of the assistant to correct them.
This event is a mere reflection of what Setién was in the Bernabéu and what his stage in Barcelona is being. To the Cantabrian it obscures everything that happens around the club Y fails to hit the key to leave his stamp in Barcelona, neither in the game, nor in the dressing room.