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At Barcelona, Setién to lead the club he has long admired


At Barcelona, Setién to steer the membership he has lengthy admired

MADRID (AP) – Before a match in opposition to Barcelona on the Camp Nou greater than a yr in the past, then-Real Betis coach Quique Setién requested Sergio Busquets for his sport shirt.

He stated he needed it with a written dedication, so he may body it.

The Barcelona midfielder complied, later sending Setíen an autographed jersey with the message: “For Quique, with love and admiration for your way of looking at football. All the best.”

Real Betis received that match 4-Three in November 2018, marking the final time a staff defeated Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Setíen shall be again on the well-known stadium on Tuesday, greater than 14 months later, to be formally launched because the coach of Barcelona, the membership that for thus lengthy impressed his imaginative and prescient of soccer. He will signal a contract till 2022.



The 61-year-old Spaniard usually tried to get his groups to imitate Barcelona’s ball-possession and attacking-minded fashion, and now he’ll get to do it himself on the Catalan membership.

“Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession-based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans,” Barcelona stated on Monday after asserting Setién as Ernesto Valverde’s substitute.

Valverde was let go 4 days after a loss to Atlético Madrid within the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona had additionally drawn three of its final 4 Spanish league video games.

Barcelona’s subsequent sport is Sunday at dwelling in opposition to Granada within the Spanish league.

Setién, who Barcelona referred to as “one of the most experienced coaches in Spanish football,” stated most of his soccer data comes from watching and enjoying in opposition to a Johan Cruyff-led Barcelona. He as soon as stated he would sacrifice his pinky to play for Cruyff on the Catalan membership.

He additionally referred to as Lionel Messi a “luxury and the best player in history.”

Setién inherits Valverde’s staff in first place on the midway level of the Spanish league season, forward of Real Madrid on aim distinction. In a number of weeks, Barcelona will tackle Napoli within the final 16 of the Champions League, a contest it hasn’t received since 2015.

Setién had been with Betis since 2017 till deciding to take a while off on the finish of final season. He led the Seville membership to sixth place within the league in his first season, and to the Copa del Rey semifinals in his second season.

He beforehand coached smaller Spanish golf equipment similar to Racing Santander, Las Palmas and Lugo, the place he didn’t win any important titles however helped a few of them acquire promotion from decrease divisions. He additionally had a really transient stint with Equatorial Guinea’s nationwide staff, which he coached in a single sport.

A former midfielder, Setién spent most of his enjoying profession with Racing Santander, although it was with Atlético Madrid that he received the 1985 Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona stated he started enjoying in seashore soccer, finally making it to Spain’s nationwide staff within the sport.

He confronted Barcelona 22 instances as a participant, scoring two targets in a stint of 5 wins, 5 attracts and 12 losses. As a coach, he misplaced six of the seven video games in opposition to the Catalan membership, with the lone win coming within the match through which he additionally acquired Busquets’ jersey.

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