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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:32 GMT

Barcelona Shows New Coach Setien Vote of Confidence


Mahmoud Al Assal

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:27 GMT

A few hours after announcing Quique Setien as the new coach replacing the sacked Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona have showed a vote of confidence in the team's new tactician promising he will meet all expectations.

"Setien is one of the most experienced coaches in Spanish football," Barcelona said in a statement.

"Throughout his career he has been a proponent of possession based, attacking football that has been attractive to the fans," the statement added.

Setien, 61, started his mission with Barcelona on Tuesday, January 14th as he led the team's training session at Camp Nou just as the sacked Ernesto Valverde drove out of the training ground for the last time.

Barcelona hired Setien after talks broke down with the former club star Xavi, prompting the La Liga side's management to turn to the former Real Betis coach.

Setien's appointment came after a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at the Camp Nou on Monday afternoon.

Barcelona signed a two-year contract with the Spanish tactician to run until June 2022.

It is the first time that Barcelona have sacked a coach in mid-season since Louis van Gaal was fired in 2003.

Barcelona are currently in the driving seat of the La Liga table, albeit level on 40 points with Real Madrid.

Under the helm of Setien, Barcelona will face a winnable tie against Napoli next month in the last 16 of the Champions League.