Quique Setien emphasized that the use of young players is a long-term bet
The Barcelona boss explained that his work would be in danger if he gives the nod to several youths in a match where the team fails to capture all three points.
The club needs immediate success
Quique Setien emphasized that the use of young players is a long-term bet and may not work for a club that needs immediate success. The Barcelona boss explained that his work would be in danger if he gives the nod to several youths in a match where the team fails to capture all three points. “Forcing young people to play more is not only my scope, but it should also be a club bet when planning season,” Setien told reporters. “If you sign the five players who are the best in the world in their position. It will be challenging to make room for a boy from the youth team.
We want to win everything, we want to be at the forefront, but we also wish the 17-year-old boy to act like that who has won the World Cup. Now everyone is talking about the desire to win, but if I have four children and do not win, I will be kicked out.
Having spent three months without football, it affects the rhythm
“And if we sign the players that everyone wants and we will win, people will be happy, but there will be no place for young people”. Antoine Griezmann has not yet met the expectations that arose after his transfer to Barcelona, but Setien defended the striker. “He is a football player, which moves a lot,” Setien continued, “But it’s not easy to filter the ball when you have ten players so close, closing the pass places. All the same, having spent three months without a game, it affects the rhythm. When it’s your turn, play against a disciplined opponent, like Sevilla, and it’s hard to find open spaces. It’s almost impossible to surprise these rivals.
“For some players, these situations are very depressing. Perhaps we lack a point of efficiency and coordination”. Setien admitted that he hopes to stay at Barcelona for next season. “I always think about it,” Setien added. “When I arrive at the club, I think I will stay for life, although I know that it won’t happen.”