Quique Setién faces his day-to-day confinement by looking to the future, but he's also concerned about the uncertainty of the situation caused by the coronavirus. In an interview with TV3, the coach of the FC Barcelona first team explained that the uncertainty "goes on," because it isn't known when normality will return and, when it comes to sports, when the competitions can resume.
In reference to this, he is in favour of playing to the end of each competition, but also acknowledged that the most important thing is that the health crisis improves as soon as possible. "I would like to play and be champion by playing, that's obvious. The situation has stopped the league and, as it is now, I don't know if it would be worth awarding the title or not. The reality is that I'm not going to feel like a champion, even if I have two more points than Real Madrid. If we have to finish and can't play more games, so be it, but if we play again it will be phenomenal. But now that is anecdotal, since it's a very difficult situation for everyone. What really worries me is that it needs to be solved as soon as possible, so that we can go out and hug each other again."
The Barça coach also touched upon other matters, including:
“As of late I'm struggling with the confinement. It's a necessary evil which is being extended, and which wears you out in the end. But it is what it is, and we have to adapt."
“Now we have time for everything: Readng, exercising, spending more time with the family, watching television and working with our minds on the futue."
His relationship with the players
“In private, with fewer members, we've been making videocalls, but the group chat with the entire squad yesterday was our first. It was good -it was fun. It was just a meeting to see each other again, and to comment on certain things."
“Every day they report back to us on the work that they are doing. They have it well set out, and we are in permanent contact with them. We are very happy, there is no problem, and when the team return they will be fit to train."
“Since we've arrived, we've improved things that we wanted to improve. We are doing a lot of things well, although it's true that we maybe lack a little consistency. We're on the right path, because the philosophy won't chance: We transmit that we want to be brave, have the ball and play in the opposition half."
“I'm still getting to know my team. Arriving mid-season has obliged us to work whilst the action is underway, and we haven't had too many free weeks in which to train."
A few weeks ago, FC Barcelona coach described his personal experience of being housebound due to coronavirus.