Setien: Madrid at Pep’s Barca level

Real Betis Coach Quique Setien believes the current Real Madrid side are comparable, if not superior, to Barcelona under Pep Guardiola.

Los Verdiblancos travel to the Bernabeu to take on Madrid in Wednesday night’s La Liga option and the former Las Palmas tactician was asked about his thoughts on the current Los Blancos side.

“I believe Madrid are now playing at a level when they can be compared to the best Barcelona side,” Setien told his pre-match press conference.

“They have all the quality and in addition they have physical capabilities which weren’t in every member of (Guardiola’s) Barca side.

“The way they can keep possession of the ball, their combination play and movement – it is enjoyable to watch them play and to learn from it.

“With my own side I’m happy with the progress we are making this season, we are starting to see a lot of clear improvements in team-play along with inspirational moments from main players.

“We don’t rule out any result and our aim is to win in the Bernabeu – our supporters are fantastic and we want to put smiles on their faces.”

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