After a 5-0 hammerring of Alaves away from home, Quique Setién spoke to the press about his team’s performance, Fati, Puig, Araujo, his future, his relationship with Messi, and more.
On the result
“We had a bad experience in the last game, but today we were good and effective in front of the goal.”
On Fati, Puig and Araujo
“Fati, Araujo and Puig are the club’s future. They showed it today. These players are the future of the club. They show quality and responsibility. One day, they will be great players.”
On his future at the club
“What matters to me, is the future of the team and the club. Not my future.”
On Lenglet’s injury
“I don’t think Lenglet’s injury is serious. He had a discomfort and this is not a time to take risks. So, he got off the field.”
On Messi’s words
“Messi’s words didn’t worry me at all. I’m a part of this great club. I don’t care about the things that people are talking about. My entire focus is on how to make the players confident about my work and ideas. When Messi says there is a problem and critcizes the performance of the team, the goal should be to improve the team.”
On his relationship with Messi
“My relationship with Messi is just like the rest of the players. I have ups and downs in my relationships with all players. It is normal. If Messi wasn’t supporting me, you wouldn’t have seen me at this club.”
On his team’s flaws
“Sometimes we are disorganized and more prone to concede. This is something we are working on.”
On his relationship with his players
“I feel supported by everyone in the team. If there was no support, I would have made another decision.”
On the upcoming game against Napoli
“We have a two-week period to prepare well for Napoli.”
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.