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He FC Barcelona got on Saturday the go to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Napoli 3-1, making a good 1-1 of the first leg and beating them 4-2 on aggregate. However, the team did not perform a good role, especially in the second half, where they hardly generated danger and seemed to have ceded control of the game to their rivals.
However, after the final whistle, Quique Setien attended the media at a press conference and He referred to that domain that Barça lacked not to suffer as he did in the second 45 minutes, where it seemed that if he conceded a goal, he would end up being eliminated.
“It was important to take this first step. We must face the rest of the games with the same enthusiasm. The team was good and deserved the victory. It is good that we play to defend against a great team like Naples. We are not good enough to control the game the whole game. You would like to control all the games, but that is impossible, “he said.
Although Setién’s words may be right given the level shown by the team, they denote a conformist attitude, very far from the ‘cruyffista’ philosophy that defended in his first days as a Barça player. And that does not feel good at Can Barça, at least in their fans that have been shown upset with her technician in social networks.
It is to be remembered that Naples ended in the seventh position in Serie A, staying out of Europe, and at times deserved the victory more than the azulgranas. Although their classification does not reflect their true level, a whole team like Barcelona had to have dominated the game from beginning to end thanks to the ideas of possession game that Setién defended in his presentation that still has not been able to capture on the field of play.
Nor did he know how to do the same with his bet on the quarry in the Champions duel since, although it is true that he gave Monchu minutes as a reward for his spectacular season, Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig, which were the great hopes of the club in the last matches, they did not play a minute of the game.
Barça ended up in agreement with the classification but not with the role of their team or that of the coach on and off the field. From the flat football of Valverde it has gone to almost nonexistent football of the Cantabrian, giving the ball to his rival and with him all the culture of possession that the club and coach have defended. And the worst is his justification.