Barcelona will be facing Sevilla on Friday at 22:00 CET, and the Catalans’ coach Quique Setién has spoken in press conference ahead of it.
After a 0–4 away win over Mallorca and a home 2–0 victory over Leganés, Barcelona prepare to face Sevilla on Friday night at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. For that clash, coach Quique Setién won’t have at his disposal Ousmane Dembélé, injured, Samuel Umtiti, suspended, as well as Frenkie de Jong, who has a calf strain, and Sergi Roberto, with a rib fracture. The latter two missed Thursday morning’s training session and haven’t made the 23-man squad list to ravel to Andalusia. This is what Setién has said in today’s pre-match press conference on such circumstances, and much more:
“I would rather lose Frenkie for one game than four”
“De Jong is a great player who gives us many things but we do have players to replace him. I hope he recovers soon”
“We have seen the surprises that football brings. We need to focus on overcoming each match and maintaining the advantage”
“It’s possible that we will gain an advantage in Seville without the fans there. We will have to see how the game goes”
“Sevilla are a solid and physical side. But we do know their weaknesses and will try to exploit them”
“Players such as Leo Messi are smart enough to decide when they need rest. They will warn me if they feel the need to be rotated out of the line-up. However, I will set the guidelines for when they play”
The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán will be empty this time | Photo by Jorge Guerrero / AFP via Getty Images
On Luis Suárez’s presence against Sevilla tomorrow
“We will talk with Suárez and see if he is ready to start or not”
On the future of Arthur Melo
“I’m not worried. We will need him 100% and that’s what is important”
On 17-year-old Ansu Fati, who scored the opener against Leganés, and the other youngsters
“Ansu is a young player who needs to be managed. There is still much for him to learn about himself”
“The young players Ansu, Riqui [Puig] and [Ronald] Araújo are all very different players, but they are very talented and bring us quality”
On Riqui Puig’s cameo appearance against Leganés
“Riqui Puig played a great game. He is a kid who is training very well and has a very good attitude”
On the remaining Champions League round of 16 match against Napoli
“The return leg against Napoli should be played at the Camp Nou, of course”
On Antoine Griezmann’s role
“While he plays out wide, he has a tendency to drift into the centre. We never instruct him to stay wide because he is not that dribbling kind of player”
On Ousmane Dembélé’s possible return in August
“Dembélé is recovering well. It remains to be seen if he will be fit for the end of the current season”
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.