Barcelona coach Quique Setién has spoken in the pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich on Friday night. The Cantabrian coach answered general questions and explained his expectations.
On statements in German media: “One thing is the statements and what people may think and another is what happens on the pitch. We know about Bayern’s talent and pace, especially in the offensive aspect. I think it will key to have the ball. There will not be a clear dominator and the one who will overcome the tie is the one who takes advantage of their chances.”
On the Lewandowski-Messi comparisons: “Lewandowski is a great player but he’s not on Messi’s level, I think that’s clear. Lewandowski has 13 goals in the Champions League and is very well assisted by his teammates, but we have already seen Leo the other day against Napoli. It’s good that we can enjoy these players.”
On Ousmane Dembélé: “Dembélé is in a position to play for a few minutes and if we think it’s appropriate, we want him to do so. We are convinced of our possibilities. It will be an even game and we have a lot to say.”
On Lionel Messi: “Messi can help win the game, but I’ve always believed in the strength of the team. He is capable of creating goals for himself, but without the strength of the team it would be less.”
On playing with four midfielders: “We have considered many things. The best thing will be to have possession and try to hurt them.”
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.