“We would have needed one more week of training”

Javier Tebas and Juanma Castaño

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A little less than a week for the resumption of LaLiga Santander, the Barcelona coach, Quique Setién, assured that he sees his players “well”, although he stressed that the teams would have needed “one more week of training to be in definitive conditions”.

In statements made to the club’s media, the Cantabrian coach reviewed the situation of the first Barça squad with a view to returning from the competition after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The work we have done I see well, what I do not know exactly is that perhaps, like all the teams, we would have needed one more week to be in definitive conditions,” he said.

In any case, Setién considered that the two-month hiatus has been positive for his players Because, in their opinion, “the stress level was eliminated and now they are very much looking forward, tremendously motivated.”

“I think to us, in this sense, It has been good for us (the break), because the footballer gets tired throughout his career and, in these two months, we have lived something totally different from what we have experienced in recent years, “he added.

Luis Suárez is back

With a view to next Saturday’s game against Mallorca, the Barça coach will be able to count on Uruguayan Luis Suárez, who This week he was discharged from the injury to his right knee.

Luis Suarez He has had this extra time and has allowed us to recover it to compete. It is practically full. Now we have done training and we still have to see what happens when the competition starts, “he said of the Uruguayan international.

It also hopes to have Messi, who has discomfort in the quadriceps that have prevented him from exercising at the same pace as his teammates in the last three training sessions.

“You have noticed some discomfort, as has happened to some players since we came back, and they are normal things that we don’t give it too much importance. Next week I hope there won’t be any more problems, “he said.

Al Barça, leader of the domestic competition, Eleven games await him to maintain the two-point advantage over Real Madrid.

He will have to face a condensed schedule, something that Setién recognized that “it will be a different exhibition, because you will start playing every three, four days”, while, according to what he said, “the normal thing” in a preseason “is to go playing and dosing the minutes. “

In any case, He was optimistic about the level of his players who know “that you have to be at the highest level to compete and win every game”.

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