For the first time since 2010, the Copa del Rey final will feature neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid. Quique Setién’s side has been knocked out by Athletic Bilbao. Quique Setién: “I think we did well, it’s a pain we don’t have a return game. We controlled the game, but we missed luck. Success will come in the long run.”


Bartomeu supports the new head coach Quique Setien

President of Barcelona Josip Maria Bartomeu supported the new head coach Quique Setien, who became successful for the club, despite the controversial start of his reign at the head of Camp Nou. The former head of Real Betis has appointed for a winter break after the reorganization of Ernesto Valverde. Still, over the past week, a storm has flared around the club, as Lionel Messi publicly spat with sports director Eric Abidal in social networks after the latter suggested that some players were not enough tried with the previous boss. The mood did not help, as Barça with the defeat of Athletic Bilbao dropped out of Copa del Rey, but despite the return move 1-0 on Thursday away from home, Bartomeu was more than satisfied with the fare of the offer.


Now we need to focus on La Liga and Champions League

“We had clear chances and played well,” Bartomeu said on the air of the Bars TV channel. “We have created a lot, and I want to congratulate the players for the way they played. They showed ambition and motivation. “Athletic” at the end held one shot on goal and won the game. We deserved to get through, but it was impossible. I repeat that I liked the ambitions shown by the team on the field, because it is a difficult place to come to, and home fans are at the top of you. “Now we need to focus on La Liga and the Champions League. By playing this way, I’m sure success will follow.” His point of view echoed the feelings of the coach, who said he was content with how the squad was developing, despite their last failure.

I’m pleased with the work of the team

“Given what happened to us in other games from home, we took a step forward in terms of what we need to improve,” Setien told reporters. “This is the same as always; there are days when you have one chance, and you put it, but there are days when you have ten, and you can’t do it. There is no reasonable explanation. “I never knew what to blame. Their goal fell on a game that was not dangerous. Some things cannot be controlled, and this is one of them. “Everything went well, except for the result. I am pleased with the work of the team.” Barca will return to La Liga on Sunday when they take on Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin.