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Quique Setien admits taking Barcelona job is beyond his ‘wildest dreams’

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Quique Setien admits taking Barcelona job is beyond his 'wildest dreams'

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Barcelona new coach Quique Setien said taking over as new club coach was beyond his wildest dreams. when he was presented at Nou Camp on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old man said, “Not in my wildest dreams could I imagine being here. Yesterday I was passing the cows in my village, now I'm here training the best players in the world.

Asked about Lionel Messi's training, which he had publicly praised several times, the former Betis and Las Palmas coach added: “I enjoyed the last 12 years in front of the television watching him and these players who made football so enjoyable. watch and it's been every day, every game.

Quique Setien was first introduced to the media as Barcelona's new manager

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Setien spoke alongside President Josep Bartomeu (left) and Sporting Director Eric Abidal (right)

Setien spoke alongside President Josep Bartomeu (left) and Sporting Director Eric Abidal (right)

Setien revealed that he was walking in his hometown surrounded by cows just 24 hours ago

Setien revealed that he was walking in his hometown surrounded by cows just 24 hours ago

& # 39; And now, to become the best player coach in the world, I'm still not completely aware of what that means.

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& # 39; But we talked and one thing is wonder and another is that now I have a lot of players that need to be in the right place. I am sure it will be a good relationship with all players.

Setien also talked about his predecessor Ernesto Valverde. "I have always had a good relationship with Valverde and will try to get in touch with him," he said.

“There are so many things that we will use and then put on our own seal. He is leaving me a team that is on the table. (When I was out of work) I thought of taking on a team with problems, it's not normal for you to take a team on the table. & # 39;

Former Real Betis coach is determined to "try to win everything" for the rest of the season

Former Real Betis coach is determined to "try to win everything" for the rest of the season

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Setien admitted that while he was out of work, he expected to take on a team in a bad position.

Setien admitted that while he was out of work, he expected to take on a team in a bad position.

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal also referred to Valverde, but with little criticism of the way he had not beaten Liverpool last season and how he lost the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.

Abidal said: "I remember from my playing days that to win the Cup or the Champions League the details are important and he (Setien) is always on top of the details."

Setien, 61, trained on Tuesday morning before signing a contract until June 2022.

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"I am excited about this challenge and this project," he added. & # 39; That's the biggest thing I have to convey to players. I have to show players this and it is usually not too complicated to convey this. & # 39;

Valverde has been fired despite Barcelona topping the La Liga and the last 16 of the Champions League.

Barcelona are still competing on three fronts and, facing a mid-season change of coach, the former Real Betis coach is determined to "try to win it all".

The three men discussed predecessor Ernesto Valverde and why the change was made now

The three men discussed predecessor Ernesto Valverde and why the change was made now

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& # 39; My goal is to win it all! All you can earn & # 39; he said.

& # 39; This club has no other way forward. Year after year to win as many trophies as possible. I think the best way to victory is to play good football. This doesn't always happen, but it's not just about one day, it's about continuing.

Setien especially thanked his predecessor for leaving a quality side for him to inherit, but questions about Valverde's resignation were directed to President Josep Bartomeu.

When asked why the decision was made to leave Valverde mid-season, Bartomeu said: “Team dynamics could be improved, we are in the next round of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey is starting and we feel that it was a dynamic that we could improve on.

"We talked about it many times with Valverde, very openly with him and we were always very close to Ernesto Valverde with a good relationship and we always talked about what could be improved."

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Bartomeu admitted that they talked to other candidates, but he declined to comment on who declined the post.

Bartomeu felt that "team dynamics" could be improved by a change in management

Bartomeu felt that "team dynamics" could be improved by a change in management

Abidal does a veiled dig in Valverde after failing to beat Liverpool at Anfield last year

Abidal does a veiled dig in Valverde after failing to beat Liverpool at Anfield last year

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Former midfielder Xavi Hernandez was among those who rejected the chance to replace Valverde.

"I won't just talk about Xavi," said Abidal. “When it comes to making decisions, the board knows that answers are needed.

Every manager is different. Setien is here because we like his way of working and his style. We have complete confidence in the coach and the team.

In Valverde's first season with Barcelona, ​​the club were one game away from losing an entire season in the league. The only man to beat them: Quique Setien with Real Betis.

Setien shared words with Messi on the field after the match and now he will administer the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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"In order to manage the best in the world, and his teammates – he has great teammates – I've always talked to him and others," said the new club boss. “I've always said that admiration is one thing, but the reality is different. Everyone needs to have their place. Messi is Messi, Busquets is Busquets.

Setien wasted no time in communicating his expectations and principles to the squad while training before his formal presentation to the media.

The 61-year-old is convinced he knows what Barcelona need to look at them closely.

The 61-year-old is convinced he knows what Barcelona need to look at them closely.

The players were all smiles when they came up and Setien is unwilling to compromise his beliefs, even though he is unsure "if my path is the best" for this group.

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"Every time a new manager comes in, there's a stimulus for everyone inside the dressing room," he added.

& # 39; You notice right away. This stimulus that we saw in today's session, we need to keep it up and I've never met a coach who is the same.

& # 39; We all have our own warnings … I don't know if my way is the best, but it is my way. I am very clear about what Barcelona needs. I saw it from the outside, we watched and analyzed. We are very clear on many things and will try to convey this. & # 39;

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