Barcelona coach Quique Setien hails Fati display after Leganes win.

Setien on Fati after Barca win over Leganes: "He worked very well. Of course, he scored a goal as well and he made life difficult for the defence."

Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona runs during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper [Getty]

Barcelona coach Quique Setien heaped praise on Ansu Fati after the teenage forward's brilliant display against Leganes on Tuesday night.


Fati broke the deadlock before Lionel Messi's second-half penalty wrapped up a 2-0 LaLiga win over Leganes at the Camp Nou.


However, Setien is hoping to see a more consistent Fati, 17, as the Blaugranas continue their fight to retain the title.


"We wanted to play with Ansu Fati as he's been training very well. The small, nagging, injuries that he had have disappeared. I am happy for him," Setien told a news conference.


"He worked very well. Of course, he scored a goal as well and he made life difficult for the defence. It's true he has a lot of work to do. He needs to have that consistency that he doesn't have yet, probably because of those injures.


"But he's played very well and we didn't want to risk him any further because he was already hurting a little bit at half-time so we didn't want to aggravate anything and we wanted to take care of him."


More: Ivan Rakitic lauds Ansu Fati.


On playing behind closed doors at the Camp Nou amid the coronavirus pandemic, Setien said: "Before the match started, during the warm-up, I was walking around the stadium and it's so different.


"Losing such an important part of football, the noise, the atmosphere, the applause, everything, the chants. We notice all of that of course.


"Perhaps when you play at home it can maybe hurt you and when you're away it might play in your favour. All teams love to play in front of their home fans because they know the fans have a massive impact on the game.


"In our next match, at Sevilla, the fact there are no fans is better for us and it's going to work in our favour, but those are the circumstances.


"We have to deal with it and we'll try to make sure it doesn't affect us too much and it's going to help us."



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