José Bordalás, coach of Getafe, said Friday at a press conference that he does not hold any “kind of resentment” to Quique Setién, with whom he had some encounters in the past, and said he “respects” the Barcelona coach.
Since 2013, when both coaches met in the Second Division at the head of Lugo (Setién) and Alcorcón (Bordalás), both have lived through many matches marked by cross-declarations. In that year 2013, the Barcelona coach criticized the style of his counterpart in the position and, since then, the words have happened between them.
Now, after seven years of the start of the controversies, in which they did not greet each other before the games with Bordalás in Getafe and when Setién was heading for Betis, it seems that the coach of the Azulón team wants to bury the battle ax.
“Every year you ask me the same thing when I have to face teams that Quique Setién trains. I respect him, I am a person who does not have any kind of resentment and I value any profession very much. That is more than forgotten,” he said.
“It’s clear that I like football in general. I respect all the coaches very much. I like a lot of things from Quique Setién’s teams. I’m not going to go into details, I’m not going to analyze the opponent. I like a lot of things Setién, from Simeone, from Zidane, there are many great coaches in our League, “he added.
Setién did not want to talk about the subject: “I look a lot at the rivals. On the subject of Bordalás, I have forgotten it and I will not speak anything at all. ”
For Bordalás, the match against Barcelona at the Camp Nou will be “very important” and very attractive for the entity of his rival, who will try to win by taking advantage of “the great moment of Getafe”.
“We face a very large and powerful team. My players have shown that we have the capacity to play a good game. We know it will be difficult, but we face the game with great enthusiasm,” he said.
“We do not have pending subjects with Barcelona, quite the opposite. The team is doing things well above expectations. It seems that we are at the level of Barcelona and large teams. We are well below in possibilities and budget. We want make a good game, enjoy football and the moment and compete with a great level, “he said.
The Getafe coach said he is never interested in what happened in the past and what will happen in the future because he always values the present. And, that present, he said, is not the match against Ajax of the Europa League or that of Sevilla next week, but Barcelona.
“They have few weak points. It is clear that all teams have weak points. We must surprise them, but I reiterate, Barcelona has very few weak points. We will seek to strengthen our virtues, which we have enough. We hope to neutralize a very good team that has to the best player in Messi, “he said.
Questioned if before the start of the course he imagined being in third place playing a game against Barcelona and about to face Ajax, he was resounding: “Honestly, no.”
“After the feat of last season in which we fought for the Champions League until the last day, I think that the following year, and statistically so, the teams have paid dearly in the League. We could not imagine it. It is something very meritorious and it is something that must be highlighted. There is a lot of championship left. You have to enjoy and work with the same humility that we have been doing “.
Regarding how he carries his praise equipment, he said he feels “satisfaction” for this thanks, although he made it clear that “humility” must be maintained because praise “weakens”.
“I have been in football for many years and I know that it is beautiful but that the good moments are very few. You have to enjoy those moments but you have to keep working. We value it and we enjoy it.”
Finally, he acknowledged that in the past he was “bothered” by some qualifiers that received the style of Getafe and explained that he was very sorry for his players.
“At specific times they complained about some qualifications addressed to the team that threw away the boys’ work. The team is an example of honesty that competes at all levels. I already have a lot of experience and I am not affected by criticism or praise. ” EFE