“We have already apologized for Sarabia”

Quique Setién he receives EL PERIÓDICO after the games against him Naples and Real Madrid, the most important he has faced in the first 50 days at Barça. The negative results – a draw in Italy, and a defeat at the Bernabéu- have rolled the optimistic mood of the technician, talkative, explanatory and didactic. His face, in a long talk of 54 minutes in which he did not look at the clock, is only overshadowed by the episode of Eder Sarabia on the bench, in which television images reproduce the imprecations and outbursts of anger of his assistant. This is a preview of the full interview with the technician.

-What do you think of what happened? That situation has affected me a lot. The first thing I think about is in the club and in the club’s image. It must be an impolute image, you have to take care of it. It’s a topic worries me a lot. It is something very important to me. They can criticize us because you make the changes wrong, because you raise the parties badly … For whatever reason, but not for the behavior. It is true that you have to understand people and moments. We are not all equal. Eder is a boy who has a great temperament, which for many things is phenomenal. But you have to learn to control yourself. It is in it, try to improve this issue because we have already had situations of these. More and more sporadic, but & mldr; But it is something we don’t like.

-These reactions are seen on all the benches. Yes, but that is no excuse. No, it is not an excuse. It is an issue that Eder is trying to solve. He is a young kid, an impulsive kid, who has a lot of energy, which for many things is tremendously positive. But we are on the bench of a club you represent and the behavior should be faultless. It is true that there is an isolated moment in which anything can happen to you, you go crazy and you go down, but this must be tried to control it.

-They have spoken? What did he say? Of course we talked. He is also worried. We don’t care about this situation. It is a subject that we must improve ourselves. It is trying to put solution. And he is working for it. We have already apologized that we have to ask. And especially me because, in the end, it’s my fault. I have to control these things.

Who has he apologized to? Before the players? The club? To all, to all & mldr; It is a behavior that we should not have. Because there is another way of saying things. It is not a matter of giving explanations to the template. We are not comfortable with these things. It is a mistake we have made and we must try to avoid it. This is not the same. Nor do we extend further and I do not mean that this has come out.

Does it bother you that it came out? It is a bit embarrassing that it becomes news and has a dimension like the one it has acquired. That is embarrassing. That the media use a camera that is permanently following you on the bench. It is something that should be eradicated. It is something that should end. You can’t be all day with your hand in your mouth. I don’t have to force myself to cover my mouth. It is unfortunate that these things happen.

It’s not the first time. No, it is something that has already happened many times in other places. In Seville, in Las Palmas, everywhere happens & mldr; Now take the dimension of a club like this. There are many interests in other places, who think that with these things they will harm you and will destabilize you. It will not happen.

It is a lesson for Sarabia. Of course of course. But we were already warned too. We knew what could happen. We assume responsibility. IM so sorry. I like to look good. I want my behavior here to be faultless. You can criticize me because I think the games wrong, because I lose, because I don’t get performance. In that I accept everything, but my behavior has to be faultless. I am representing a club like Barça and my obligation is to be careful with everything.

Why were they warned? There are people who live on this, it is unfortunate, but it is so. That’s why you have to be careful. What happens is that I don’t get used to putting my hand in my mouth. Do not leave me.


Arrested 5 people selling fake tickets for Madrid-Barça

The National Police has arrested five people, three of nationality Italian and two French for the sale of fake tickets for the match between the Real Madrid and Barcelona from last Sunday, a fraud that came to offer civilian agents that integrated the security device of the meeting.

The arrested, aged 24 to 35, had a score of false tickets and they sold five, the Police Headquarters reported on Wednesday. They are accused of scam and documentary falsehood.

Before the dispute of the match around the stadium they contacted potential buyers and offered them counterfeit tickets at a price that ranged from 200 and 800 euros.

Minutes before the game, those arrested came to offer a squad of civilian police, which was part of the special device of security, three false entries at the “good price” 900 euros “negotiable”.

At the time of detention they were seized 15 fake entries, six mobile phones and 500 euros in cash. Several victims who had already purchased tickets were found and found that they did not have mandatory security measures.

Perfect organization

The five arrested were perfectly organized since several were in charge of capture to potential buyers while another group had the largest number of tickets, in a border area, the Headquarters has detailed.

Thus, the former carried a small number of tickets to hinder police performance and not find them in possession of a high number from the same


Barça in the Classic, radiography of a blackout

If all the classic chronicles of Sunday in Santiago Bernabéu coincide in one thing, it is to underline that FC Barcelona played two games: one in the first part and another, very different, in the second. The dominating team that before the break knew how to take over the game and enjoyed three clear occasions to open the scoreboard became a shadow after the resumption, a set without legs or soul that allowed the growth of Real Madrid and that lacked the confidence and the pride necessary to try to attack the rival when the marker already reflected an adverse result.

The blackout was as noticeable as inexplicable. “I don’t know why there was such an intense change between the first part and the second “, admitted after the game the Barca coach, Quique Setién, who said that the causes of this disconnection should be subject to analysis by the coaching staff in the coming days.

And in that analysis the fact that it is very easy to detect at what time and under what circumstances the leads to Barcelona in the Bernabéu will be very helpful. The Barça team stopped competing in the 60th minute. Shortly before, in 55, a shot by Isco to the squad forced Ter Stegen to make the first merit intervention. And then, in just two minutes (those that go from 58 to 60), Barça lost the ball four times when he tried to leave playing from behind. From there, the team was left unanswered, a victim of a blockade that in recent years had already occurred on other occasions and in postin scenarios (the Anfield debacle is the most paradigmatic example, but not the only one).

The great question

And here the million-dollar question arises: was the Barca crash, was it a physical or mental issue? There are reasons to argue that it was both physical and mental.

In the postpartum press conference, Setién spoke of “nerves”, something that might seem improper of a staff with so much experience. The truth is that after those four consecutive losses, Barça seized and began to have doubts every time he had to take the ball. In that moment of hesitation came both Vinicius, and the mood downturn experienced by the Catalans when seen behind on the scoreboard was too obvious As to be overlooked.

But we must not ignore the physical precariousness of this Barça, nothing strange in a team condemned not to do just rotations and whose spine is formed by three players (Piqué, Busquets, Messi) who exceed thirty and who have been playing at the highest level for more than a decade. Nothing portrays with such precision (and with such cruelty) the current physical state of the workforce as the difference between the deployment of the impetuous Martin Braithwaite, who has just arrived from Leganés, and that of the rest of the team.

And with these wicks Setién works now, as Ernesto Valverde worked before. It is what it is.


“He does nothing to do,” shouts Sarabia, the assistant of

Eder Sarabia is a volcanic type. The assistant of Quique Setién was hunted by Vamos cameras this Sunday at the Bernabéu, while he was cursing the lost opportunities. The second coach of Barça began saying that “it is not a pass to Busi, it is a pass to the interiors. ‘There!”. He was referring to one of the passes he gave Ter Stegen.

That was not, however, his biggest reason for complaint. Sarabia began to be outraged with the opportunity missed by Griezmann in the first part, still with the 0-0 on the scoreboard of the Bernabéu. “Goal … Métela Antoine, I shit on my fucking mother,” came the second Barca coach, who was much harder.

But it was not known then who he was addressing. But the shout came from the bottom of the Barca bench in the Bernabéu. “He doesn’t do anything that needs to be done,” Sarabia said, although it is unknown which player he meant. “Suddenly, he starts playing and throwing when he has to play the ball. I shit on God.”

“We cannot have the defensive line tucked so far back” (Sarabia)

Setién’s assistant analysis was then much more tactical. “We cannot have the defensive line tucked so far behind because they stretch us and then Benzema comes, receives, and creates a lot of superiority,” he told his boss. Both were sitting on the bench. Quique with his hands in his pockets and Eder addressing him very expressively. “We have to reduce space much more.”


“The blackout of the 2nd part? It’s hard to understand”

“The blackout of the second part? It is difficult to understand because we had warned that Madrid pressed a lot.” Quique Setién, Barcelona coach has recognized that his players “have begun to lose a lot of confidence with the ball.” That loss of confidence has been vital. “We have had nerves and Madrid has taken advantage of it. We must analyze it well,” said the coach.

“We have made a very good first half, but in the second they have been better,” he acknowledged Setien, who explained that Barça “has begun to have losses because Madrid has pressed more and the goal came. It could not be,” added the coach.

“We had chances to get ahead,” Busquets acknowledged. The problem is that Barça did not know how to specify those opportunities. “We have done a good first part, they did it in the second when we started to make inaccuracies and turnovers because they pressed us intimately and began to generate distrust,” said Quique Setién, convinced that that was the key to the classic . “We arrived very clearly in the first half, we could have marked some of those occasions,” the Barca coach lamented.

Efficiency issue

Setien did not leave that speech. Barça played well in the first 50 minutes, but shot badly. Madrid reacted and … “If you have those occasions and do not put them .. But then they have them and they put them …”, admitted Setién, who then did not want to focus on Messi was not right either. “We know that Leo is very important, but we don’t have to become obsessed with being the only player to score. We have others,” added the Cantabrian.

“The impact of the defeat? It does not have great significance, last week we were two points above them. Now, Madrid is one, but there are still many games,” said Setién. “Everything can go a long way,” said Barça coach