Quique Setien was back in the press conference hotseat on Monday ahead of Barcelona’s next game against Leganes at the Camp Nou.
The Barca boss spoke about Luis Suarez’s fitness, his rotation plans, Antoine Griezmann and Arturo Vidal amongst other things.
Here are the best bits:
Setien on team to face Leganes
There will be changes and there will also be changes as the games go. I do not want the players to be exhausted. It will be necessary to see how they recover, especially, thinking of avoiding injuries and arriving fresh.
Setien on playing at empty Camp Nou
I don’t know how it will affect us tomorrow. We would have preferred to be with our supporters but we know that’s not possible. We hope that it won’t affect us. We will try and play the same way. We have to adapt to this new situation.
Setien on whether Suarez will start
I haven’t decided yet on my line up. He’s one option. We’ll see. I have to talk to him. It’s true he can start but he could also start on the bench. We have to go carefully when one has suffered a lot of injuries it’s easy get some physical problems. We need all the players ready and we have to go step by step.
Setien on Griezmann
Griezmann has almost played every game. It’s true that there are more players now and the minutes will have to be shared. We will see how the competition evolves and the needs we have. Griezmann will continue to play a leading role, he is an important player.
Setien on Messi hitting 20 goals again
Not only should Messi’s goals be valued, which is impressive, but also his assists. He makes us add a lot of points. The fact he’s scored 20 goals for 12 consecutive seasons is astronomical.
Setien on Vidal
He’s a really interesting player. He has a profile that every team needs. He transmits a lot of energy, has great conditions and he helps us a lot. The other day he scored the opening goal and helped us win.
Setien on whether Braithwaite will start
Except for some specific players i don’t think we have starters or substitutes. The fact they played the first game doesn’t mean they’ll play the second. There will be a lot of rotation. I want all the squad to participate and i want them to be ready.