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Ex-Barca boss Quique Setien regrets not leaving membership sooner


New Villarreal coach Quique Setien mentioned he ought to have left the Barcelona job after only one month in cost because of difficulties in fulfilling the position how he wished to.

Setien, 64, mentioned sure habits had set in that he was unable to alter and made him compromise on his teaching type.

The previous Barca boss additionally spoke in regards to the difficulties he skilled teaching Lionel Messi, though he mentioned he wished to recollect the optimistic parts of the Paris Saint-Germain ahead.

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“Barca was the staff I had all the time dreamed of teaching, however in the event you see there are issues you possibly can’t change, you need to go away,” he informed El Larguero on Thursday after his first sport answerable for Villarreal, a 2-2 draw in opposition to Hapoel Be’er Sheva within the Europa Convention League.

“However it is a chance you’ve dreamed of ceaselessly. And arriving by way of one door and leaving by way of one other the following month like [Jose Antonio] Camacho did [at Real Madrid in 1998]… There was a second I considered it, however you overcome these moments. If there are issues that do not match, you shouldn’t be a hypocrite and you need to go.”

Setien took over Barca in January 2020 after the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde. He was sacked in August of the identical yr after lacking out on the LaLiga title to Madrid and shedding 8-2 to Bayern Munich within the Champions League.

“If you arrive at a membership that has been successful all the pieces for 14 years… there are some habits that I had by no means seen,” he added.

“There are issues you possibly can’t change as a result of they’re so established and it’s not a straightforward scenario. It was an enormous studying expertise. I’d do it once more, definitely. You be taught from all the pieces to get higher sooner or later.”

Setien’s relationship with a number of the key Barca gamers on the time was one of many most important causes he was unable to succeed at Camp Nou. He acknowledges that working with Messi was not all the time simple.

“It isn’t value talking about Messi,” he mentioned when requested in regards to the Argentina worldwide. “Everybody ought to bear in mind how he has been, for me, a everlasting attraction in soccer for 14 years. I spent 14 years watching Barça’s video games ready to play in opposition to him to have the ability to see him [live].

“That’s how I wish to bear in mind Messi. I am unable to say if he disenchanted me. There are issues I favored and others that I did not and I needed to struggle with that. If on high of that he scored three targets in opposition to you in each sport, you possibly can’t say something. There are all the time gamers that may be more durable to cope with that you just make sure allowances for.”

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Setien beforehand threatened to take Barca to courtroom over cash they owed him from his contract termination, however he mentioned they’re on observe with their funds now.

“Barcelona nonetheless owe me cash however they’re complying with the schedule religiously,” he mentioned. “I gave them three years to pay me and they’re doing so.”

Villarreal misplaced 3-0 to Barcelona final week previous to Setien’s appointment. He won’t face his former facet till February, after they host Xavi Hernandez’s staff in LaLiga.

The Villarreal job is Setien’s first since he left Barca over two years in the past.

“I used to be not satisfied I’d get a chance someplace the place I may match,” he mentioned. “It has been a beautiful shock. Villarreal had a coach [Unai Emery, who left for Aston Villa] who was doing rather well and it did not appear to be this job would come up.

“I’ve had presents, however nothing actually appealed to me. I may have gone to america, I’m attracted by the county, however then I obtained the shock name to come back right here.”

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