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Setien’s numbers in his first hundred days at the helm of Barça

Quique Setién This Wednesday marks his first hundred days as coach of Barcelona. The Cantabrian coach landed at the Camp Nou on January 13. We review this ephemeris in five data.

Solo leadership

When Setién arrived at Barça, the team had 40 points and shared the lead with Real Madrid, although the azulgranas occupied the first position thanks to the ‘goal average’. Now, one hundred years later, Barça is the solo leader with two more points than the Whites (58 to 56).

Messi celebrates the goal that gave Barça the victory against Real Sociedad in the last league game played by the Catalans.
Messi celebrates the goal that gave Barça the victory against Real Sociedad in the last league game played by the Catalans. / Albert Gea (Reuters)

Second highest possession in Europe

With the arrival of Quique Setién, the Catalans increased the percentage of possession in games thanks to the new coach’s style of play. Since then, the average possession per game in all competitions is 69.5%, being the second highest in all of Europe, tied with Bayern Munich and only slightly below Manchester City (70.9%). .

Arthur drives the ball against Vinicius in the March 1 classic.
Arthur drives the ball against Vinicius in the March 1 classic. / Javier Soriano (Afp)

A total of 21 players used

Despite the serious injuries of Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé, who have not yet been able to play under the orders of the Santander coach, Setién has used 21 different players. They are the 17 available from the first team and four from Barça B: Ansu Fati, Àlex Collado, Riqui Puig and Carles Pérez, the latter before leaving on the winter market. The most used are Antoine Griezmann and Ivan Rakitic, who have participated in the twelve matches directed by Setién, followed by Leo Messi, Marc-André ter Stegen, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong and Arthur Melo, with eleven participations.

Griezmann finishes in a match against Eibar.
Griezmann finishes in a match against Eibar. / Alejandro García (Efe)

Eight wins, one draw and three losses

Of the twelve games Setién has led, Barça have won eight, tied one and lost another three. The 5-0 wins against Leganés (Copa del Rey) and Eibar (Liga) are Barça de Setién’s biggest goals so far. As for defeats, the team has lost to Valencia and Real Madrid, in the League, and against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey.

Messi, Piqué and Riqui Puig celebrate the victory against Granada.
Messi, Piqué and Riqui Puig celebrate the victory against Granada. / Lluis Gene (Afp)

Eight different scorers

In addition, in these twelve duels a total of eight different players have seen goal: Leo Messi (eight goals), Antoine Griezmann (five), Arthur, Clement Lenglet and Ansu Fati (two) and Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong with one goal each. As for the assists, Messi stands out with seven, followed by Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, with two, and De Jong and Jordi Alba, with one each.

Ansu Fati and Messi celebrate a goal.
Ansu Fati and Messi celebrate a goal. / Lluis Gene (Afp)

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