Quique Setien took over from Ernesto Valverde as manager of Barcelona and outlined his thoughts about the club and the players he has at his disposal.
About Lionel Messi, Setien said that he has admired the Argentine from afar plenty of times but refused totalk him up too much, claiming that he has his place in the squad like every other player.
“I have enjoyed watching Barcelona for several years, watching them on television.
“To be able to manage the best in the world, and his team-mates - he has great team-mates - I have spoken to him and others, this role is an honour.
“I have always said that the admiration is one thing but reality is different. Everyone needs to have their place. Messi is Messi, Busquets is Busquets,” he said.
️ Quique Setién: "The senior players have to have it clear, if the talent from below makes their way up it's because they deserve it. It will prevent them from relaxing too much. I want the youth players to know that if they work hard they can play for the first team" pic.twitter.com/NhQezao46r— Barça Watch (@BarcaWatch) January 14, 2020
Setien takes over from Valverde at a time when the club wants to return to its roots of playing Cryuffian football, something the former Real Betis boss is keen to implement.
“The important thing is the philosophy. We might change things to our system, but we need to evaluate a lot and speak with all the players. But the philosophy won't change.
“The reality is that until you're inside a club you don't know everything about it, everything is new. There's a lot to talk about. There is an extraordinary academy here and those players will train with us little by little," he claimed.
(Quotes R/T Football Espana)