Setien: ‘Resigning from Barcelona has not crossed my mind’

Quique Setien has told reporters he hasn’t thought about resignation after he failed to win the La Liga with FC Barcelona. The Catalan giants went into the coronavirus lockdown with a two point lead on arch rivals Real Madrid. But after the lockdown was lifted Barcelona failed to regain their form and lost the title to Madrid.

After losing the title to Madrid on Thursday, Setien has met with Barcelona’s club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The coach will be present for the club’s final league game on Sunday, but his future at the club remains uncertain. If it is up to Setien he stay on at the club and he admits he has not thought about resigning.

“I have said before that I was going to enjoy it until the last day. I knew that things would not be easy. This profession has risks. I enjoy myself, despite the circumstances. Defeat is an option you have to face up to. I am not experiencing anything I haven’t experienced before. I have never wanted to leave.”

And when it was put to him that six months at Barca is more wearing than at other teams, he said: “I always think I’m going to stay with teams all my life. That’s my mentality. I won’t say that I’m the same now [as when I arrived], but I’m still happy for this opportunity. When I have to go, I will go.”