Josep Maria Bartomeu wasted little time in outlining his ambition for Barcelona beneath Quique Setien, and hopes his choice to half with Ernesto Valverde will lead to a treble this season.
Valverde was sacked late Monday after a chronic interval of uncertainty following the Supercopa de Espana defeat to Atletico Madrid final week.
Barca board members sounded out former midfielder Xavi whereas there have been widespread studies that Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Massimiliano Allegri had been additionally excessive on Barca’s wish-list.
They as a substitute settled on Setien, handing the previous Actual Betis boss a contract till 2022 – though there’s a break clause in 2021 as a result of membership elections – and Bartomeu made clear he’s hoping forÂ on the spot outcomes.
Talking at Setien’s presentation on Tuesday, the Barca president mentioned: “The dynamic ofÂ the staff could possibly be improved. We’re within the subsequent spherical of the Champions League and the Copa is getting began butÂ we felt theÂ dynamic could possibly be improved.
“We spoke about this many occasions with Valverde,Â very overtly with him and we’ve at all times been very near Ernesto Valverde with an excellent relationship and have at all times spoken about what could possibly be improved.
“With this momentum and with this new dynamic we aspire to win LaLiga, the Champions League and the cup.”Â
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Bartomeu admitted BarcaÂ had spoken to different coaches however insisted the repeated hyperlinks had not come from the clubÂ themselves, including: “Over theÂ final weeks and months we’ve talked with different coaches to discussÂ the long run. It’s ourÂ obligation.
“We spoke to different coaches however we didn’t publish this data.”
Setien is a famend disciple of former Barca participant and coach – and the person credited with the membership’s philosophy – Johan Cruyff and took cost of coaching for the primary time on Tuesday.
His first recreation on the helm can be on Sunday when Granada go to Camp Nou.
Bartomeu mentioned: “Everyone knows Setien is a large fan of Johan Cruyff’s model and we share the identical aims.”
Barca sporting director Eric Abidal was additionally thrilled to have Setien on board.
The previous France defender mentioned: “To have him right here is a superb pleasure for us. He’s aÂ coach who has proven via the groups that he has had that he has nice expertise.
“What I like most is the communication he has along with his gamers, his method of working, his method of teaching.
“He’s at all times targeted on particulars. To compete at theÂ highest stage, the main points are crucial, whether or not it’s inÂ the league, the cup or the Champions League.”