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"My goal is to win everything that can be won" says Barcelona New Coach Quique Setién

FC Barcelona's new coach Quique Setién, who on Monday reached an agreement with the club on a deal until June 30, 2022, after the first team coach Ernesto Valverde was sacked.

The former first team coach says goodbye to FC Barcelona with a thank you letter to the fans, the Board of Directors and his colleagues in the first team.

On Tuesday, after the training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper which served as his first contact with his new players, the official presentation was made before the media.

He took charge of his first training session on Tuesday morning with the players available from the first team. 

According to Barcelona club website, it was his first contact with them, and it came on the Tito Vilanova pitch. During the session, Arthur did part of the training with the group, while Todibo didn't train with permission from the club. Iñaki Peña, R. Araujo, Riqui Puig, C. Pérez and Ansu Fati, from Barça B made up the numbers, and also met the new coach.

The New FC Barcelona coach and  the president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu  signed his contract in an act that has been carried out in the President Suñol box. 

Quique Setién said: "My goal is to win everything that can be won, in addition to playing well. I believe that in order to achieve victory, it is important to associate the two factors."
Quique Setién's first training session

"I couldn't have imagined being here in my wildest dreams. It is a very special day and I want to thank everyone who has chosen me. I am very excited about this challenge and project. I will try to convey my enthusiasm and my desire to the players."

The agreement will see the 61 year old Quique Setién in Camp Nou until June 30, 2022.  Photo session for the new coach on the Camp Nou pitch is expected later today.


His Football background:

Quique Setién's football beginnings were in beach football, a sport in which he got to play with the national team.

At Racing Santander, he's known as "El Maestro," and is one of the idols of the club because of his time there as a player. He played for 12 seasons there in two stages, and also coached the Cantabrian side in the 2001/02 season, achieving promotion to LaLiga.

 Setién is the third Cantabrian coach in Barça's history, after Enrique Orizaola (1961) and Laureano Ruiz (1976).

 etién faced Barça 22 times as a player, with a record of 5 wins, 5 draws and 12 losses and against Barça he scored two goals. Once in a Barça v Logroñés fixture (2-1, 1990/91 league season) and also in the 1994/95 Racing v Barça league match (5-0).
As coach, Setién has played against Barça seven times, with a record of six defeats and one win. This victory was at the Camp Nou, in the league during the 2018/19 season.

 As a coach, he has managed Racing Santander, Poli Ejido, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis. In addition, he served as coach of Equatorial Guinea during a game.

 In one of his visits to Camp Nou, Sergio Busquets gave him a shirt on which he had written: "For Quique with love and admiration for your way of looking at football. All the best."

Setién has coached former Barça players Bartra, Kaptoum, Tello, Sanabria, Araujo, Halilovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng, as well as the current Barça player, Junior Firpo.

The new Barça coach has always praised Barça and Leo Messi, who he considers "a luxury and the best player in history." The last time Setién did so was after a Messi display at Benito Villamarín.

One of Quique Setién's passions is chess and he has played against former World Champions Anatoli Karpov and Gary Kasparov.

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