Setien believes Barcelona can still win LaLiga Santander

Setien believes Barcelona can still win LaLiga Santander

Barcelona are four points behind leaders Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga Santander table going into the final four games of the season, with Los Blancos also having the head-to-head advantage, but that hasn't stopped Quique Setien from being optimistic about his team's chances of securing the title.

The Blaugrana welcome Espanyol to the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, and picking up all three points will be essential if they are to continue to put pressure on Real Madrid.

"Of course we can win LaLiga," Setien said during Tuesday's pre-match press conference.

"Reality and the maths prove it.

"It's not easy, but you have to hope until the last day.

"We have to think about ourselves and win every game; see that there is a progression.

"Everything we do must be worthwhile for the next competition [the Champions League]."

There was talk that Setien's job was becoming increasingly under threat going into the Villarreal game last weekend, but the 4-1 win - and the manner of the performance - has silenced a lot of the doubters.

"I didn't have the feeling that things could change," he explained.

"I've outgrown these moments of football and its circus for a long time. I'm just doing my job.

"My record at the club is that they are happy with the work we do.

"I don't value that for winning or losing a game... in that sense.

"I don't live from day to day. I see things in perspective."

There has been a lot of debate about VAR in Spain in the last few days, after Real Madrid were awarded a penalty which Sergio Ramos converted in their 1-0 win away at Athletic Club, while the Basques were not given one after Ramos seemingly stepped on Raul Garcia's foot.

That resulted in Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu intimating that Real Madrid had been on the receiving end of favourable decisions from VAR since football got back underway.

"I don't think it's wrong for someone to give their opinion," Setien said.

"We can all do it with due respect. I think the president has done that.

"There are situations that we all miss when it comes to the use of VAR.

"The same play is sometimes seen and sometimes not.

"It is an extraordinary tool, but it is not used in a unitary way, and this is puzzling.

"It is necessary to unify criteria".

Setien refused to be drawn into talk that Real Madrid receive favourable treatment.

"Sometimes decisions favour one team or the other," Setien noted.

"Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong.

"It's been like that for a lifetime and it's going to stay that way."

The MSG trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann had their best game together in a 4-3-1-2 system against Villarreal, and Setien was pleased with how they played.

"The feeling you have is that the three have found each other; I think they've found each other before," the coach stated.

"The other day was brilliant because the moves ended in goals.

"I'm not just guided by one game, I think you have to see things in perspective.

"There are many variables in every game. What your opponent proposes also has an influence."

Griezmann came out of his slump and scored a Messi-esque chipped goal over Sergio Asenjo, which no doubt will have helped his confidence.

"He had an extraordinary impact the other day, but I wouldn't associate it only with playing more focused," Setien commented.

"He has quality and ability to show his level.

"The other day there was a moment of extraordinary inspiration from the three of them, who played [more] inside.

"We must also highlight the contribution of Sergi Roberto, who helped them to shine." Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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