Setien – Last season’s UCL humiliation still affecting Barca stars

Barcelona are set to face Napoli in the UCL tonight and the club’s boss Quique Setien has admitted that last season’s humiliation at the hands of Liverpool is still in the mind of the players ahead of the game against the Partenopei.

Setien, 61, will be managing the first UCL game of his managerial career on Tuesday night after taking over from Ernesto Valverde at the Nou Camp. Barca will face Napoli at the San Paolo Stadium and Setien will be looking to avoid a repeat of recent exits at the hands of Liverpool and Roma.

It can be recalled that Barca took a 3 nil lead to Anfield last season but were knocked out as Liverpool overturned the deficit and beat them 4 nil at Anfield. They were eliminated in the same fashion the previous season after winning 4:1 at the Camp Nou and losing 3 nil to Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

“The reality is that we’ve spoken very little about [Roma and Liverpool], although I’m sure they’ll have it in their minds,” Setien said.

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“Maybe it’s not comparable. We’ve experienced incredibly tough games and I think the team is fine.

“The team is confident that we’ll continue in this dynamic, I trust that we’ll maintain the level that we’ve been giving for some time.”

Meanwhile, Barca are presently topping the La Liga table with two points ahead of Real Madrid. Setien has won 7 and lost 2 of his first 9 games in charge at the club and expressed excitement about participating in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in his managerial career.

“There’s no doubt that it’s my first match in the Champions League and it’s a motivation,” he said.

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“It’s exciting for me to start this journey at a stadium like this, which is full of passion and history.

“I think it’s going to be a passionate game. There’s no better place to start.”

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