Quique Setien vs Erik ten Hag

Every Barca fan out there wants Valverde out of the club, and we might not be too far from the day we see so. Among all the names that have (and haven't) popped up for his replacement, my personal favorites would be Ajax manager ten Hag and Real Betis gaffer Setien. Here is my take on both the coaches, and who is better suited for the top role.

NOTE- ROBERTO MARTINEZ is the name that has come up as most likely for the role, but my worst fears in him have already been echoed in the daily thread of May 28th. Simply put, Valverde helped us realise half of Cryuff's quote " quality without results is pointless, results without quality is boring", and Martinez may just teach us the former half. His 343 might seem deja vu of the 16-17 season. Enough said??

Anyway, back to the two titular names:

Barca connection

Erik ten Hag- None. Literally none. Ten Hag has practically never played or coached outside of The Netherlands ( FC Bayern Munich II, the lone exception). However, he has introduced the kind of football that Johan Cryuff would be proud of,in Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam.

Quique Setien- None again. Setien was a central mid-fielder who played a lot in Spain, where his managerial reigns have also taken place. However, Setien is a manager who is openly a huge fan of the Barca system, and his Real Betis display against us at the Camp Nou speaks in volumes.

NOTE- A lot of people( our idiot board among them,) believe that just because a manager plays at Barca, he has Barca DNA flowing through his veins. Guess what? You are wrong.


ETH- He's recently spoke to the media where he didnt say that he is leaving. On the bright side, he also didnt say that he is NOT leaving. Basically, he said he is staying atm, but open to a possible move. However, signing Ajax's two brightest stars and their manager might leave some bad blood between the two clubs.

QS-Available. After an underwhelming season with Betis, he mutually agreed with the club to leave at the end of it, on a high note, beating fellow strugglers Real Madrid 2-0. Respect and professionalism that a certain constipated chicken has refused to show so far.

Performance in Europe

ETH-Nothing I can say that has already been said. Unbeaten against Bayern, come-back against Real Madrid, victory from an inferior position against Juve, and finally the Spurs heartbreak.

Ten Hag's boys have been exceptional away from home, but relatively poor at home, quite the opposite of our case.

QS- Many seem to have forgotten the fact that Setien took Betis to the Europa League round of 32, before crashing out 4-6 on aggregate against Rennes. They were by no means handed an easy draw, and had finished first in their group, consisting of Milan and Olympiacos. This is obviously no where close to Ajax and their giant killing streak, but for a mid-table La Liga club, it is pretty remarkable.

Domestic run

ETH- ten Hag led Ajax to the league trophy, finishing 3 points ahead of second place PSV. Ajax also won the KNVB cup(equivalent to the Copa del Rey), beating Willem II 4-0. Their performances against the top clubs has been rather decent, losing 6-2 to Feyrnood, beating them convincingly in the league and the cup, beating PSV 3-0 and 3-1.

QS- Setien's season started off brilliantly, only to go downhill around January. Betis finished 10th in the league, 3 points away from the Europa league qualification spot. They also made it to the Copa del Rey semis, crashing out to eventual champ Valencia.

Real Betis had pretty encouraging results against the top clubs.

They beat us 4-3 at the Camp Nou, only a late surge from substitutes Munir and Vidal giving us any sort of respect. We did get revenge though, beating them 4-1 away from home, another scorecard that flattered to deceive. Simply put, it was like a match were Athletic Bilbao beat Barca, only because Bilbao had Messi and Suarez.

Betis also dominated Real at home, holding the ball 70% of the time, beaten by a late free kick from ex-Betis man Dani Ceballos. They also beat Real 2-0 at the Bernabeu on Setien's last outing.



Lack of rotation and flexibility might seem obvious for both theanagers, but is worth noting that they didn't possess the same depth to choose from.

ETH- Im surprised how the language barrier is so severely understated. It is different when a new player joins,considering that there are only 4-6 players with whom the dutchman can have an effective, two way conversation with in our team. It is perhaps better to wait one more season to test ten Hag as an actual coaching genius or just a one season wonder.

QS-Apart from consistency, I am afraid of whether these mid-table club managers have the temparament and capacity to take on the responsibility here. EV couldn't, there is no saying how Setien might take it.

Is there anything else I have missed about these two managers?

<em>This does not represent the views of Barca Blaugranes or SBNation</em>