Quique Setien has openly expressed his football philosophy which differs altogether with some coaches’ win-at-all-costs approach.
With Ernesto Valverde dismissed at Barcelona, the former Real Betis tactician is the next man to sit on the Blaugrana bench.
“You have to have a lot of arguments [when talking] with me, as winning because you have to win is hard for me to understand,” Setien wrote in a column for MARCA.
“Winning is what everyone wants.
“And there it comes that word: ‘you have to win; you have to win.’
“Even the children at the age of eight or ten came to the car window to tell me ‘you have to win today, uh, you have to win.’
“And of course you want to win, how can I not want to win?
“I’ve featured in more than a thousand matches as both coach and player and it’s not that I have no ambition or desire to win, but victory must come as a result of doing things well, especially because I have always thought that a victory is not worthy on in its own.
“I think you work to give continuity to things.
“There are things that you do that last in time, that are not a flower of a day.
“That one day you can score a wonderful goal for the squad, but you have not deserved to win.”
Setien went on to break down the philosophy he wants his teams to follow.
“I like it when my team play well most of the time, having the ball, because I know that in this way I will have many more chances to win than the rivals,” he added.
“Sometimes football is unfair, but in the long run if you do things right you will have more successes than failures.
“And that is sometimes difficult to understand; this reasoning is mine.
“[People] want to see your team win. Many do not care about the ways.
“I care and I already explained this to [Real Betis] when they hired me.
“I told them ‘you know how I am, you know what I’m going to do, if you’re really not sure about this, it’s better to sign another coach’.”