Barcelona manager Quique Setien has spoken out that having a small team doesn’t bother him much.
In fact, he is confident that the current small but strong squad can lead on to many wins and that the Catalan club does not need add ons right now – they already have a backup ready.
He told a media conference: “We have fewer players now but we’ve got a B team behind us and those young players are ready. Some are already training with the first team and we’re getting a chance to look at them. I’m sure they will help us out when we need them.
“You could think the team is weaker, but you never know that. Sometimes things can turn out differently. You can guess what might happen but I wouldn’t waste your energy.”
Setien was asked if he preferred to work with a smaller team in general. Setien said: “What hurts me, and always had done, is picking teams and having to leave players out. I like to have fewer players. That way, everyone is plugged into what you’re doing.
“There is a risk attached to that sometimes but it’s good to have a smaller squad. People have more chance of playing; they’re ready and more motivated.
“Having 18 real players is better than having 25 or 26 not playing. That can cause more danger than having a smaller squad.”