Quique Setien has rejected Lionel Messi’s claim that Barcelona was on course for more Champions League disappointment while admitting there is plenty of room for improvement at the club.
“Messi’s words I think have created a big debate,” the ex-Betis coach explained to BeinSports.
“We are convinced that we can win the Champions League. We have to improve some things, but without a doubt, we are convinced that the team has the potential to win the Champions League.
“We can win it. We are convinced we can win the Champions League, of course, we can.”
At a time when Barcelona have been closely linked to Lautaro Martinez, the Inter forward mooted as a possible heir to Luis Suarez at No.9, Setien signalled that the Uruguayan was on the road to recovery following a knee operation he underwent at the start of 2020.
“He is not completely recovered, but I think he is in good shape and he has been working with the squad for a few days,” the coach added.
“We noticed he lacked a bit of confidence and form. When we start playing, we will see his preparations.
“We are very happy with the commitment and performance of the players since coming back, although right now we are concentrating above all on the physical side.”
Reported by: Vincent Paul