Quique Setién took his first steps on Tuesday as a new coach of FC Barcelona, both at the media and sports level. The newcomer faced the protocol acts of the day of his presentation, and also lived a lively day of training with double session that he took advantage of to begin to know his new pupils, with whom he wants to catch up before starting the fight for The titles.
The Cantabrian made a statement of intentions about what his project will be at the Camp Nou, and explained that he prepares some changes. “The context will be different and the predisposition of those who did not play will be higher, and those who played too. There will be a series of changes and I have to make a composition,” he said when he was questioned about systems, alignments and references chosen for their schemes.
Even from afar, because he asked for calm to adapt to the costumes, he talked about quarry, formations and signings, which he will define as you know what account and what you think is missing. To begin with, he opened the door of the first team to young people, he also warned that he could try something other than 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 flexible and commented that he has not had time to analyze whether the loss of Luis Suárez forces to an immediate reinforcement.
With these perspectives at the starting point, Santander’s could begin to raise news, which would lead to a renewed template configuration line by line. Obviously, you have to keep in mind that your bet has just been born and game by game will be strengthened and clarified, but these are some of the modifications that could be introduced in the coming months:
The changes that Barça could face
Unless Marc-André ter Stegen’s injury is more delicate than expected, no changes are expected under sticks, because German is at an extraordinary level and is regularly maintained among the best bodyguards in the world. In the last weeks, Murara net He has made it clear that signing him was a good play, but everything suggests that he will have to settle for being a high-level secondary.
One of the most important cases is what will happen on the back axis, with some doubts about the centrals that could start to move away when Jean-Clair Todibo is placed. The Frenchman will be transferred to Schalke and Setién is already testing Chumi and Ronald Araujo to dose Gerard Piqué, and his decisions regarding a Clément Lenglet that seems untouchable and a Samuel Umtiti in the spotlight will also have to be observed.
The sides could also face some changes, something that is deduced from his ‘winks’ to Junior Firpo. The former Real Betis has reassured a Jordi Alba who is still considered incumbent, but has revealed without cutting that he can use more competition. Likewise, he could test Moussa Wagué before ‘getting wet’ over Nélson Semedo and confirm if Sergi Roberto is lateral or is again a midfielder.
In the Barça squad there are numerous personnel in the core, and this is a key area to recover the joy in the game. Many want to know what are the plans of the master, who will have to return the spark to stars that have just gasoline like Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, adapt to an Arturo Vidal who is a wild card and, perhaps, fine-tune Frenkie de Jong and Arthur , his best ‘players’, so that the Catalans regain control, precision and effectiveness with the ball. Pearls like Riqui Puig could also be protagonists.
The most delicate case in the front is that of Luis Suarez, but there are many questions that also need an answer. If the formation varies towards a 4-4-2, Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann could be essential, although it is also necessary to fit the intermittent Ousmane Dembélé and make room for young people like Ansu Fati or Carles Pérez. On the way to the summer window there is a lot of work to do.
Setién has warned that he will often look at Barça B in search of alternatives, and that they will be on equal terms with the ‘elders’. It is for them that the Riqui Puig, Araujo, Chumi, Ansu or Carles Pérez could have more minutes in the final leg of the campaign, as long as, as he has stressed, they continue to progress and contribute equal or more than any of their companions. This is the basis on which the coach will handle, and now it’s time to check how football responds.