Barcelona The coach reflected on the narrow win
Quique Setien believes Barcelona‘s rhythm of play will improve as the weeks go by during the remainder of the season.
The Blaugrana made hard work of Athletic Club as they eventually picked up a 1-0 win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
“It’s not easy,” Setien said afterwards.
“When there are few spaces, you have to be agile and precise.
“We’ve been lacking that since we returned.
“This makes it difficult, but I think we’ll pick it up as the season goes on.”
Ivan Rakitic came on to score the game’s only goal in the second half and Setien was pleased for his midfielder.
“Today, he came on in the second half because of Sergio Busquets‘ card,” the Barcelona boss said.
“He did well, frankly.
“He understands football very well.
“He did a good job, he won the ball back and he was involved in the decisive moment.
“I’m very happy for him.
“I understand that it’s an incentive for him for the future.”
The victory takes the Catalan club three points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table, with Zinedine Zidane‘s side facing Real Mallorca on Wednesday.
“We needed to win, like every other game,” Setien said.
“It’s clear that, the fewer mistakes you make in this sense, the better.
“This means that we have three points and we have to wait to see what our direct rival does.”
Barcelona have played first in the title race each round since LaLiga Santander returned, but the scheduling is about to change.
Setien doesn’t believe the order of the matches will affect his team too much.
“Basically, it’s doing what we’re doing right now,” he said when asked about the scheduling of fixtures.
“We’re not worried about what our rival is doing, but about what we’re doing.
“We’ve kept five clean sheets in a row, for which you have to give credit.
“We’ve taken maximum points from every game except one.
“There are things to improve, but we’re on the right track.”