As Barça prepare to host Leganés at the Camp Nou on Tuesday 16 at 22:00 CET, manager Quique Setién talked in press conference ahead of the match.
Barcelona coach Quique Setién faced the press ahead of tomorrow’s game against CD Leganés.
“There will be rotations in the upcoming matches. I have to see how the fatigue affects the players and I have to try and get them to the end of the league in the best circumstances”
“Except for a few specific players, who we all know, no name in the squad is fixed. I will not tell you which player will start and which player will be on the bench. I want everyone to participate and I want everyone to keep their desire and eagerness to continue. Any player could start”
“I know that all players want to start, but I must think about the team as a whole”
“We prefer to play with the crowd’s support, but we know it’s not possible and we have to adapt. The team must overcome the fact that there are no fans in order to progress in the next matches. But football sometimes surprises you”
“We and Madrid know that a loss is unacceptable”
“I was very surprised with the eagerness and readiness of the players when they returned. They are prepared very well”
On Antoine Griezmann
“Griezmann is a great player, no doubt. He has played many games and he’s proves his quality in them. But now there are more players and we must distribute the playing time. Griezmann will continue to play an important role for us. He’s an important player for us”
On Lionel Messi
“Messi is the greatest player in the world and he scored a wonderful goal, but you must appreciate the rest of his contributions to the team. The other day he gave assisted twice and he helps the team score and gain points”
On Arturo Vidal
“Arturo is a very captivai player because he has many qualities that are important to the team. He gives the team extra energy and an extra boost and he always helps us. I’m very pleased with his performance”
On Marc-André ter Stegen
“Marc was very good against Mallorca. The keeper is always blamed. It’s difficult to return after 3 months without touching a football”
On Luis Suárez
“Suárez could start tomorrow or he could come off the bench. We must be careful with him because he sustains long term injuries. I haven’t decided if I will start him tomorrow. I have to talk to him first”
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.