Barca are thinking of winning at El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. They have the basis to believe that, with coach Quique Setien and rookie Martin Braithwaite.
Barca solved all crises and took the lead of Real Madrid with a 2-point gap on the La Liga 2019/20 table.
Lionel Messi keeps creating and scoring. Goalkeeper Ter Stegen excelled in goal, Arthur found himself, while Antoine Griezmann tried hard on the pitch for the collective. Not stopping there, coach Quique Setien and rookie Martin Braithwaite is also the “crystal” of Real Madrid.
Maybe this is the first El Clasico of new coach Quique Setien. However, he has many reasons to confidently step into the fight with Zinedine Zidane.
There will be many people surprised to learn that Setien was a star of Real Madrid under Zidane, especially during the Bernabeu matches. In under-rated teams such as Las Palmas or Real Betis, his achievement when visiting the Bernabeu as a draw (3-3) and 2 victories (1-0 and 2-0).
Instead, he has worked hard over the past 2 decades for this opportunity. One of the reasons behind Barca’s decision to appoint Setien is that they want to return to Johan Cruyff football. He left behind the boring pragmatism of Ernesto Valverde.
There have been concerns about the style of possession so much that does not lead to clear scoring opportunities. However, in the last 10 matches under Setien, coach has brought 23 goals.
That is not a bad number. At least the current Barca attack is a smaller headache than Real Madrid. In La Liga this season, Barca are scoring more than Real Madrid to 16 goals.
The match against El Clasico will not be the first time Setien has set foot in the Bernabeu this week. He came here to witness Man City come back from a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid. At the same time, he exchanged with coach Pep Guardiola after the game.