New Barcelona coach wants to bring back excitement

Monday, 20 Jan, 2020

The Barcelona coach, Quique Setién, has given his first press conference as coach of the Barça team before the game against Granada at the Camp Nou, which will be his debut. Setien's tactics for Barcelona's attack was to try to go through the middle of the backline, but more often than not they were suffocated by a well-drilled defence.

"I love the new Barca coach".

Xavi, who took over as coach of Al Sadd at the start of the on-going season, added: "I had the proposal (from Barcelona) but I did not feel that this is the right time (to move)".

Granada travels to face Barcelona on Sunday as one of only three teams to have beaten La Liga's leaders in the top flight this season, though its prospects have dimmed since that win.

"The week went really well, much better than I expected". "I don't want to talk about his time at Madrid". I have to make sure he's happy, and I don't need to explain this is important not only for the club, but for his team-mates, for everything.

They nearly went ahead in the sixth minute but Rui Silva parried out Ansu Fati's low shot. "You never know how players are going to respond, but I have been surprised by the attitude they have shown to work and accept the changes that I am proposing". "I've always said that if they develop and deserve their chance, they can be part of the first team".

Setien celebrated enthusiastically after the goal and on the final whistle, six days after replacing Ernesto Valverde at the Catalan club.

Luis Suarez will miss the game against Granada with a knee injury and Setien kept open the possibility of signing another striker in January.

"We know he has gone to Barcelona and we know he is very good with people".

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he hoped Setien's arrival would create a "new dynamic" that could propel Barcelona to victory in the league, Champions League and Copa del Rey.