Newly appointed Barcelona manager, Quique Setien said he never imagined he would one day become Barça coach in his wildest dreams.
The former Betis manager was given the appointment after Ernesto Valverde was sacked on Monday following the club’s elimination from Spanish Super Cup semi final against Atletico Madrid.
“I want to thank this institution for giving me the chance,” Setien said in his first news conference as Barcelona manager after signing a two-and-half- year deal.
“Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. I have to thank the club. I’m excited about this challenge and this project.”
He added: “Yesterday, I was walking around my home town with cows around me and now I’m here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world.”
Setien led Las Palmas to 11th in La Liga which turned out to be their best finish for 40 years after managing lower league sides.
The 61-year-old Spaniard led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis and sixth place and qualification for the Europa League before leaving in May.
Under Setien, Betis won against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid during his two-year tenure.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are top of La Liga on goal difference and have won four of the last five league titles.
“I thank Ernesto Valverde for leaving me with a side that is top of the league,” Setien continued.
“My objective is to win everything! Everything you can win, this club has no other path to follow.
“Year after year, to win as many trophies as possible. I think the best way to victory is by playing good football. It doesn’t always happen but it’s not just about one day, it’s about keeping it going.”
On Messi’s retirement in the future, the former Spanish midfielder said he would cry.
“I said that about a lot of players,” he said. “I have enjoyed watching Barcelona for several years, watching them on television.
“To be able to manage the best in the world, and his team-mates – he has great team-mates – I have spoken to him and others.
“I have always said that the admiration is one thing but reality is different. Everyone needs to have their place. Messi is Messi, Busquets is Busquets.”