The appointment in January of Quique Setién, as the successor to the sacked Ernesto Valverde, represented one of the most fitting that Barcelona could have made. At a club that consistently demands it, there was also a sense of excitement. The job of Barca manager was the one he had most sought.
Also once the coach of Las Palmas and Real Betis, Setién previously inspired Betis to a particularly impressive 4-3 victory at the Camp Nou, when his team were widely considered to have beaten Barca at their own game. The former Spain international is perhaps the most committed to a style based on possession and technique of any Barca manager since the reigns of Pep Guardiola and the late Tito Vilanova. He also makes no secret of his admiration for Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi, and even once said he would have cut off his finger to play for Johan Cruyff, the most influential Barcelonista of them all.