Barcelona was invincible on Saturday night at Mallorca, but the outcome wasn’t what satisfied Quique Setien the most. The Catalan club hit the field, running after the restart of LaLiga Santander with a 4-0 victory and opening the scoring after only 65 seconds. But it was Luis Suarez ‘s return to the pitch, as a second-half substitute, that brought the coach the most pleasure.

“I think it’s a pleasure to see Luis Suarez again on the pitch. On top of that is the success he gave us in his 30 or 35 minutes. He did four, five, or six things to a high level. He’s an important player for us. Braithwaite ‘s goal and results, too. It’s a huge day for him. The game was played behind closed doors, of course, and while Setien doesn’t know how much this affects the team, it’s obvious he ‘d rather have fans at the Camp Nou than he doesn’t,” Setien replied when asked what he would take from the game.


He said: “Supporters can impact anything. For and against you. I wouldn’t know to what degree it influences us playing away from home, but I would rather have them at home. You can get help from your supporters in moments of doubt.”

Ronald Araujo impressed with Gerard Pique in central defense, pleasing the boss. “He played a superb game,” Setien beamed. He handled everything well and he didn’t try to do more than he had to. He could be proud of his performance and his first start.”

Overall, the 61-year-old leaves the Balearic Islands happy with how his team got back to work.

“We’ve seen a lot of the stuff we’ve always wanted to do. We’ve done a lot of what we’ve expected. Sometimes we’ve given them a chance, but I’m mostly very pleased with what I’ve seen,” he said.


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