FC Barcelona coach Quique Setién has spoken in the press conference ahead of the Champions League game against Napoli on Saturday. The coach was accompanied by Sergio Busquets, who also answered some questions.
“We are very optimistic, we have to be positive. We will go all out to win this game. It will be a very important game against a very difficult opponent, we really want to advance in this competition. Everything that is talked about in the dressing room to improve is welcome. The training sessions of the past few days have been very useful for us to observe the rival, although we know that it will not be easy for us.”, explained the Barcelona midfielder.
Busquets also commented on Arthur Melo’s situation, who has not shown up in Barcelona after the mini-vacation following the end of the La Liga season: “We know that he stopped coming to training. What really happened is only known by the club and Arthur himself.”
After Busquets’ press conference, Setién took over:
“We needed this break after so many games in a short time. We had a few days to prepare for the game, returning with renewed energy. I have already planned the starting eleven. However, it might vary according to the circumstances, but I can say that everything is planned.”, explained Setién.
Setién was asked how the injuries would affect tomorrow’s game: “You never know what can happen, the circumstances change very quickly. We are counting on many players, and we cannot change the situation we are in.”
Similar to Busquets’ comments, Setién had his say on Arthur’s situation: “I would have liked things to end differently with him. I have not spoken to Arthur anymore, because his situation goes beyond my position.”
“We have been thinking about the possibility of including Dembélé into the squad list, but we were going to take too great of a risk. He doesn’t have the full confidence yet, the best decision has been not to include him.”, added Setién on the Frenchman’s exclusion in the squad list.
Setién hinted that Barça B talents could start against Napoli: “Even though he is 20 years old, Riqui Puig is more than ready to make his Champions League debut. He has contributed a lot to the team. Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati are both ready to start in the Champions League. When they have played, they have done well enough.”
The Cantabrian coach also once again was asked about his future at Barcelona: “There have been many moments in which we have done things very well and those are the ones that have to inspire us for the next games. At no time did I think that this could be my last game at Barça.”
Ten Barça attackers are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
The renowned magazine France Football has brought the nominees for the attacking positions for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team lineup to light. The line-up is structured as a 3-4-3, with left-wing, centre-forward, and right-wing positions in the attack. Of the 30 nominees for the offensive positions, ten players have had the opportunity to defend the Blaugranas colours.
List of the ten Barça attackers that are nominated for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team
- Rivaldo. Left-wing. 1989-2015.
- Thierry Henry. Left-wing. 1994-2014.
- Histro Stoichkov. Left-wing. 1982-2003.
- Ronaldinho. Left-wing. 1998-2015.
- Johan Cruyff. Centre-forward. 1964-1984.
- Romário. Centre-forward. 1985-2009.
- Ronaldo Nazario. 1993-2011.
- Samuel Eto’o. Right-wing. 1997-2019.
- Lionel Messi. Right-wing. 2003-2020.
- Luis Figo. Right-wing. 1990-2009.
Without a doubt, each of the players on the list has played an important role with different stories in the history of FC Barcelona, and all the nominees deserve a place in the team. However, it will be nearly impossible to have a front-three of Barça’s players due to the great competition in each position.
Even though France Football is recognizing the greatness of the aforementioned legends, the magazine has lost huge credibility for Culés, with players like Luis Suárez, Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, and Gerard Piqué failing to receive a nomination for the ‘Dream Team’.
Source: France Football