Barcelona Head Coach, Quique Setien has declared that his side are still very much in for Laliga Crown, following their 1-0 scrappy win against Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona needed an important second half strike from Ivan Rakitic to steal a win at home against a stubborn Bilbao side.
Second half substitutes, Ivan Rakitic, Ansu Fati and Riqui puig came on to turn the game around for a frustrated Barcelona side, yesterday.
Just when the Basque side seemed to have executed their defensive approach to perfection, birthday boy, Lionel Messi carved out a chance out for nothing for Rakitic to slot home for all three points.
After the match, Quique Setien declared that his side “looks good for the Journey ahead” in an interview with Marca.
“We needed to win this game. The fewer mistakes we make the better. We have three points, and now we see what Real Madrid does.”
“We do not worry about our rivals. There are things to improve on, but we look good for the road ahead.”
Also speaking about his team’s performance last night, the manager lauded the youth stars who came on and put in a display befitting of the club’s youth academy graduates, while admitting his men need to win every match coming their way to overcome title chasing Real Madrid.
“In the first half we were not very precise with the ball, but the substitutions of Ansu and Riqui gave us more dynamism. I’m quite happy with the second half and Rakitic’s goal
Ansu and Riqui are increasing the chance of having more minutes. Sometimes there are doubts about the contribution of these lads in important games but the truth is that they’re doing very well”
“We are very happy. The progress is there, but there are always things to improve. What we have to do now is win everything until the end of season”