Barcelona boss Quique Setien claims proposals for teams to make five subs will HELP their rivals but ‘harm’ his side’s chances of winning… because opponents won’t get as tired
- LaLiga will allow teams to make five changes when matches re-commence
- Barcelona boss Quique Setien does not think new rules will benefit his side
- The 61-year-old boss said: ‘I think it will harm us because of our way of playing’
Barcelona boss Quique Setien has claimed LaLiga’s proposals to allow teams to make five substitutions per game will be unfavourable to his side.
Teams in the Bundesliga have been able to make up to five changes instead of the usual three since the return of the league, after FIFA approved of the measure in a bid to avoid injuries to players following the lengthy break from coronavirus.
LaLiga is set to return on June 11 and will adopt the same measures, but Setien believes the move could work against his side.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien looks over his players during training this week
‘I don’t know if it will harm us or benefit us,’ the 61-year-old told the Las Palmas Football Federation.
‘I think it will harm us because of our way of playing.
‘We know that a lot of matches we will resolve in the final minutes. If you give the rival the option of putting on fresh players in that time, the weakness that is generated, with tired players, won’t come about.
‘But it can also give you resources in a specific moment. It’s an unknown quantity and we’ll see how it goes.’
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The Barcelona boss also revealed he had hoped he would have been given more preparation time before LaLiga returned to action
Setien’s players will only have trained together for 10 days when games re-commence on June 11 and he added: ‘We thought we would have more time to work as a group, but it’s not to be.
‘We would have liked more time. I hope there are not many injuries and that it’s less harmful than we imagine.’
Barcelona are just two points ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid with 11 games left in the season.
Setien believes proposals for teams to make five subs will harm his side’s chances of winning