Former Real Betis and Las Palmas coach Quique Setien who was appointed as Barcelona’s coach last month, stated that he wants to be remembered even after he dies, and would want his Tombstone to read that he won the Champions League with Barcelona.
“I want my tombstone to say that I won the Champions League with Barca,” the 61-year-old said in an interview with Catalan newspaper L’Esportiu on Saturday.
Quique Setien was appointed after Ernesto Valverde was sacked by the club despite him giving many victories and titles that led the club to rise right up the table at the halfway of the season itself.
Setien was selected because of his enthusiasm and fidelity to the attacking ideas of Barcelona’s spiritual Godfather Johan Cruyff, though he has never lifted a major trophy as a manager, a wish that he might want to fulfill.
“I have already told the players that I am getting on and I don’t have much time to lose,” added Setien, the oldest coach in the Spanish top flight.
“I said to them they can lend me a hand by winning something.”
Setien was opted in the month of January, with the club deciding to move on from former boss Ernesto Valverde. For now, it’s been a mixed start to life at the club for Setien; he’s earned three wins, including two in the Copa del Rey, but suffered a disappointing loss away to Valencia in their previous league match.
Although they had a good later part as the club enjoyed a joyous 5-0 score against Leganes on Thursday as they move ahead to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Setien will be eager to keep Barcelona fighting for the top-flight prize. However, spectators will be thrilled to hear that he has the long-term future of the club in mind, too.