Barcelona appoint Setien

Barcelona appoint Setien

Catalan Barcelona fired Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien in his place, who proved his suitability at Las Palmas and Betis.

For the past two seasons Barcelona dropped out of the Champions League without showing character in responsible matches. At first, there was a fiasco in the clash with Roma and later with Liverpool. In both cases Blaugranas had the handicap of three goals, which they successfully lost in away games. During that time Barcelona noticeably got worse in the results. There is only a victory in the league in their asset, while the cup of Spain was lost to Valencia and the team lost too many points in La Liga this season, although it is sharing the first place with Real.

According to the data of Diario Sport, the main reason of Valverde’s dismissal was the absence of progress in the team as well as negative dynamics and the management’s fear to be left without trophies by the end of the season. Also, the club bosses, led by president Josep Bartomeu reckoned that Valverde doesn’t handle the locker-room, delegating this responsibility to the players. They are also convinced that the manager had no clear concept of development and because of that he regularly changed the line-up.

Despite the fact that club legend Andres Iniesta criticized the club management, as this way the club showed its disrespect to the coach, Barcelona made the right decision. Valverde’s dismissal seems extremely logical as in three incomplete years the Spaniard did not manage to surpass the achievement and picture of play of Luis Enrique.

Quique Setien came to replace Valverde, who previously Las Palmas and Betis. The manner of formation of the game by this manager is very similar to Guardiola's ideas. No wonder he and Betis broke Josep’s record for the percentage of possession of the ball per match (82%). The purpose of Setien is to return the former ideology of total dominance. The contract with the Spaniard is designed for two and a half years, for which he must show that he is no worse than Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman, which were viewed by more explicit applicants for this post.

Sentien is called to return to Camp Nou the previous game of Barcelona, based on dominance, ball possession and smashing counterattacks, which were his main weapon at Betis, which he brought to European competition. Valverde’s time passed a long time ago and Blaugranas management has suffered the stagnation of the club for too long. Therefore, the decision to dismiss the coach during the season, which has not happened in Barcelona over the past 17 years, looks quite justified, although it was done late.