Quique Setién has spoken in the press conference ahead of the Osasuna game in La Liga round 36. The Barça boss told that he “sees himself with Barça next season”.
Setién explained that “it is true that sometimes the results are not there, but behind it, there is a job and the important thing is whether the job is well done or not”.
The 61-year-old insisted that there have been three draws, and only one of them was deserved – and this has cost them the League. Setién also added that the results are more under his responsibility, but not completely:
“I’m one more part and I take my share of responsibility, but not totally. I would give more credit to my rival, Madrid, who has won everything and that cannot be discredited.”
On tomorrow’s game against Osasuna:
“We will try to win the game tomorrow, this one and on Sunday. Regardless of what happens, our obligation is to try to win.”
? — Luis Suárez: “We let the league escape. We shouldn’t try to find excuses.” pic.twitter.com/ObNwu9LjEx— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 14, 2020
On Luis Suárez’s earlier statements:
“It’s his opinion but La Liga is not over yet.”
On Lionel Messi:
“Many players need to rest. Messi is out of this world. There is nothing I haven’t said about him already.”
On Frenkie De Jong:
“Surely Frenkie will have minutes tomorrow. He’s in very good shape, he has practically overcome his annoyances. We will see if he will start tomorrow.”
On Arturo Vidal:
“Arturo Vidal has played more than 50%, at least since we have been here. He transmits a lot of energy, positivism, he does things very well. He already has scored eight goals, he gives us threat and strength and he’s a very important player.”
On Arthur Melo:
“Arthur has returned to training and he is ready to play if I need him.”
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.