Quique Setién Bemoans Lack of Creativity in Barcelona Squad – Except Lionel Messi (Obviously)

?Barcelona boss Quique Setién has sensationally claimed that la Blaugrana lacks players who ‘can beat a man or who are really quick’ – except Lionel Messi – ahead of his side’s huge title clash with Real Madrid on Sunday evening. 

Los Cules limped to a 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Champions League round of 16 first leg, and Setién’s men relied heavily on the individual star quality of their Argentinian magician to dig them out of trouble yet again. 

Lionel Messi

And whilst speaking to ?La Vanguardia, Setién surprisingly admitted that this Barcelona side doesn’t have ‘really quick’ players who can ‘beat a man’, despite the hundreds of millions spent on attacking additions. 

“We don’t have many players who can beat a man or who are really quick, except Messi,” he said. We have to look for formulas that help us overcome that deficiency.” 

The new ?Barcelona boss has not enjoyed a perfect start to life in Catalunya, having crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Athletic Bilbao in the quarter finals, and often scraping through matches thanks to the mind-boggling abilities of their captain and talisman. 

?Messi has achieved 18 goals and 12 assists this season, contributing to almost half of Barça’s 62 strikes in La Liga.

But the former Real Betis coach remains unfazed by the pressures that comes with such a prestigious role, and when asked how he will approach his first Clasico against ?Madrid, the 61-year-old insisted that he ‘will enjoy it’. 


“I will enjoy it. I am aware of the importance of the game and I want to win it, but I will live it as if it were my debut as a player, happy. It is a unique opportunity for a coach, as it was the other day when I listened to the Champions League anthem on a mythical pitch…I will enjoy every game every day I am here.”


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