Quique Setien, Barcelona’s new manager, reveals that his players at Barcelona have surprised him already.
“The week has gone very well, much better than I expected,” Setien told reporters. “When you come to a new team there’s always uncertainty about how they’re going to respond. There’s always that stimulus and you can see they’re very keen. I’ve been very surprised by the attitude of the players, how accepting they’ve been of new ideas.
“I’m happy with everything: the work, the capacity the players have to understand everything you tell them. It has been wonderful. Marvellous.”
The new boss has told everyone that although things will get better, change will take time.
“There’s no doubt we like players to play orderly systematic football,” said 61-year-old Setien. “We like them to get back into position when they lose it. We need a balance, Barca needs a structure to attack and also to defend. I hope it won’t be an over-excited Barca but a motivated one that wants to put into practice what we’ve worked on. I think you will notice the changes – I hope so – but please remember it’s not going to happen overnight.
“If a player is receptive and really wants to learn and improve, you might be surprised what they are capable of doing. Every player has what they have but some outperform themselves. It’s about learning and expanding your abilities and becoming even better still.”