Quique Setién arrived at Barcelona hailed for his Cruyffista ideology. He didn't have titles in the bag but his style seemed fitting to help the team return to its former state after the decay of Valverde's project. Five months have passed and the hope that he left in his first press conference has diluted through the games. Results have not been too bad. Nine wins, two draws and three defeats. The team is still top of the league and can get through in the Champions League. But the revolution promised has been parked. Maybe definitively.
The classic hierarchies are still in place, those who always play, plays. Ansu Fati appears in dribs and drabs despite his form and Riqui Puig does not exist. Quique Setien seems to have lost his ideology to become another results-based coach. And against Sevilla it was obvious. Setien's Barca is the same as Valverde's. Yesterday he made two changes from the team that played last season - Lenglet for Umtiti, Braithwaite for Coutinho. A Barca that dominated, controlled, but did not create danger. Not even Messi, who will have to wait for his 700th goal. In the end, a draw that left Barcelona's weaknesses on show and lets Madrid have the advantage.
From a draw on the pitch to a win in the court. The law proved Barca right over the Neymar case and he has to pay them back 6.7m euros of the 20.25 which they gave him as a signing bonus. They denounced each other but Barca won. Although now his return seems more complicated. Although anything can happen with Neymar...