Barcelona coach Quique Setién has spoken in the press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s game vs. Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou. The coach remains optimistic about winning the league, even though it is not in the hands of the Blaugrana anymore, after dropping 2 points away against Sevilla last Friday.
“We still have the same amount of points as Madrid. Now the margin of error is smaller, but it’s also for them. Madrid cannot make any mistakes. Many leagues are decided in the end, there are 8 games left. Madrid still have to play difficult games, like us.”
“I will focus exclusively on ourselves. We have some football problems, but I am very happy with many things we are doing. We have won two games, we have not conceded a goal. We have done many things. The team has trained very well today, although there is still a bit of residual fatigue. We will try to keep the excitement and expectations we have, we are convinced that we can win La Liga. We will do everything possible.”
Setién was also asked about VAR’s controversial decisions in yesterday’s Real Sociedad – Real Madrid game.
“The referees? There are things we can’t control and it’s not up to us. Everyone has seen yesterday’s game and everyone will have their conclusions. The VAR is a tool that can make football better, what we have to do is use it since it provides us a much clearer vision of reality.”
“Let’s hope that De Jong does not miss the rest of La Liga, the forecast depends on the evolution of his recovery, but surely he will be able to play a few games.”
“I’m not concerned with the average age in our squad, I’m concerned with what we do on the pitch. Ideally, the older you are, the better you think and the better you play.”
“It’s difficult to explain the difference in our results at home and away from home, our approaches are the same. Perhaps the opponent comes to the Camp Nou with more fear. I can’t tell you.”
Coach Setién believes that the team has improved in a particular aspect, though: “An area where we improved in is winning the ball on the opposition’s half.”
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.