Setien: Yesterday I was walking amongst cows, now I'm managing the best players in the world


Barcelona hired its new manager Quique Setien, and even though the former Real Betis was the fourth choice the buzz around Nou Camp and Europe is pretty good. It seems like the two are right for each other.

He started by addressing what will be the most important task of his in the first weeks.

"I have to thank the institution. I'm excited about this challenge and this project. That is the biggest thing I have to transmit to the players. I have to show the players that and normally it's not very complicated for me to transmit that," said Setien.

The new Barca manager is still settling into the change of going from a mid-level La Liga side to one of the best teams in the world.

"Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. Yesterday, I was walking around my home town with cows around me and now I'm here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world."

Setien, who has described being inspired by Johan Cruff took charge at the club in a good position, ahead of Real Madrid in La Liga on goal difference.

"I thank Ernesto Valverde for leaving me with a side that is top of the league. My objective is to win everything! Everything you can win, this club has no other path to follow. Year after year, to win as many trophies as possible. I think the best way to victory is by playing good football. It doesn't always happen but it's not just about one day, it's about keeping it going," said the new Barca manager. 

Setien is a recorded admirer of Leo Messi and said that he will cry when the Argentinian retires.

"I said that about a lot of players. I have enjoyed watching Barcelona for several years, watching them on television. To be able to manage the best in the world, and his team-mates - he has great team-mates - I have spoken to him and others. I have always said that admiration is one thing but the reality is different. Everyone needs to have their place. Messi is Messi, Busquets is Busquets."


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