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I didn’t give Chelsea clash second thought, says Barca boss Valverde

Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by PA11 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was glad his side stayed focused on beating Eibar to get their LaLiga campaign back on track rather than let minds drift towards next week’s showdown with Chelsea.Valverde resisted the temptation to rest key men ahead of the Champions League last-16 first leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.Captain Andres Iniesta started in midfield, with Brazlian Phili...Full Story »

Valverde: Messi wants to win everything with Barcelona and Argentina

Posted Saturday, February 17, 2018 by Marca.com24 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said that Lionel Messi wants to win everything with the Catalan club and his country following controversial comments by the Argentine federation chief that he should play less for his club side. Claudio Tapia claimed that he had spoken with Messi over not playing as much for Barcelona so as to be fresher for the World Cup and they were comments that did not g...Full Story »

Eibar vs Barcelona - Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde only has eyes for Eibar

Posted Saturday, February 17, 2018 by PA46 hits

Ernesto Valverde insists he is focused on ending Barcelona’s LaLiga blip rather than Champions League opponents Chelsea.Barcelona visit Eibar on Saturday afternoon unbeaten in LaLiga and with a seven-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid.But they have shown signs of tiredness in league draws against Espanyol and Getafe, with Tuesday’s trip to Chelsea in the Champions League r...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde: Fatigue has caught up with my Barcelona players

Posted Monday, February 12, 2018 by PA20 hits

Ernesto Valverde claimed Barcelona’s hectic schedule had caught up with them as the unbeaten LaLiga leaders were held to a goalless draw by Getafe at the Nou Camp.Barca were underwhelming against their mid-table opponents, failing to register a shot on target during a first half when Luis Suarez had a goal correctly ruled out for offside.Suarez was then denied late on by Getafe goalkeeper&...Full Story »

Valverde not looking to curb Suarez attitude despite risks

Posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 by Goal.com54 hits

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde insists he will not ask Luis Suarez to curb his "aggression" despite the risk of a ban for the Copa del Rey final. The forward has earned eight yellow cards in all competitions this season and another in Thursday's cup semi-final second leg against Valencia would see him suspended for the final in April. Suarez was banned for last year's final win over D...Full Story »

Valverde: Pique's celebration must be viewed in the context of our rivalry

Posted Monday, February 05, 2018 by Marca.com84 hits

Flying tackles and rough challenges were part and parcel of a wet Catalan derby on Sunday with Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde happy to accept that such is natural for these games. Gerard Pique grabbed the Blaugrana a late leveller away to Espanyol with the defender's celebration, a finger raised to his lips, emblematic of the tension surrounding the match. "We already know what these game ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Alaves - Valverde warns Barcelona to respect ‘revitalised’ Alaves

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2018 by PA60 hits

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has warned his side not to rest on their laurels ahead of Sunday’s clash with a “revitalised” Alaves at the Nou Camp.Barca continued their march towards a possible trophy treble in midweek when they defeated local rivals Espanyol to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.With an 11-point lead at the top of LaLiga and a Champions League last-16 tie ag...Full Story »

Espanyol welcome back former coach Valverde

Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Marca.com52 hits

Ernesto Valverde has managed something that few coaches of Barcelona or Espanyol have been capable of, which is being loved by the opposition team's fans. That's because he used to play for and coach Los Pericos and they will applaud him when he visits the RCDE Stadium on Wednesday evening, even if he now comes with their arch rivals. He insisted in Tuesday's press conference that he is fo...Full Story »

Valverde: Neymar's departure was a difficult moment

Posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 by Marca.com81 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has steered his team to a dominant place at the top of LaLiga, having taken over with the club mired by plenty of problems last summer, and he admits that Neymar's departure was a diffficult moment to overcome. There was discontent among the fans as they watched Real Madrid win LaLiga and the Champions League as well as surpass them in the Supercopa de Espana....Full Story »


Posted Sunday, December 24, 2017 by Goal.com47 hits

Although the Catalans are now 14 points clear of Real Madrid, there is still work to be done, the boss has argued Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde refuses to believe his side's emphatic Clasico win could have decided the La Liga title race. The Catalans moved nine points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid at the top of the table thanks to a 3-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiag...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna - Valverde keeps focus on Deportivo La Coruna game

Posted Sunday, December 17, 2017 by PA69 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde assures his side are fully focused on Sunday's visit of Deportivo La Coruna and not distracted by next weekend's potentially key showdown with Real Madrid. With Real not in LaLiga action this weekend due to their involvement at the FIFA Club World Cup, Barca would move 11 points clear of their arch-rivals if they can see off Depor at the Nou Camp. That would ra...Full Story »

Valverde singles out Hazard & Morata as chief Chelsea threats

Posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com72 hits

Up next for Barcelona in the Champions League is Chelsea and Ernesto Valverde believes Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard are their main threats. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde singled out Eden Hazard and former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata as Chelsea's biggest threats after being drawn against the Blues in the Champions League knockout phase. Valverde's Barca cruised through the group sta...Full Story »

Villarreal vs Barcelona - Valverde coy on Mascherano future ahead of trip to Villarreal

Posted Sunday, December 10, 2017 by PA58 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde expects former club Villarreal to take the game to their visitors when the sides meet at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday evening. Valverde's side, who signed off the Champions League group stages with a 2-0 triumph over Sporting Lisbon at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, have won 11 and drawn three of their 14 league games so far this term. The Catalan side have d...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Celta Vigo - Ernesto Valverde warns Barca about dangerous Celta Vigo

Posted Saturday, December 02, 2017 by PA79 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is wary of the threat posed by Celta Vigo ahead of their LaLiga clash at the Nou Camp on Saturday. Barca have a four-point lead over Valencia at the top of the table and are eight points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid, but Valverde is taking nothing for granted against Celta. Boss Juan Carlos Unzue is a former Barca player and spent three years at the club as...Full Story »

Valverde says Messi 'fine' just being rested in Barca's draw with Juve

Posted Thursday, November 23, 2017 by ESPN59 hits

Lionel Messi came off the bench in Barcelona's 0-0 draw with Juventus on Wednesday. Ernesto Valverde explained he left Lionel Messi on the bench against Juventus to give him a breather as Barcelona booked their place in the Champions League knockout rounds on Wednesday. Messi came on in the second half as Barca played out a goalless draw with Juve in Turin, securing their place in the round of...Full Story »

Juventus 0 Barcelona 0: Messi benched but Valverde's men in last 16

Posted Thursday, November 23, 2017 by Goal.com42 hits

Barcelona benched Lionel Messi but sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League regardless with a 0-0 draw at Juventus. The LaLiga leaders were largely untroubled by last season's beaten finalists at the Allianz Stadium as they claimed a result that guarantees they go through to the knockout phase as winners of Group D. Head coach Ernesto Valverde sprung a shock before the match...Full Story »

Neymar to Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde open to sensational return transfer

Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by hits

Neymar could supposedly rejoin Barcelona one day NEYMAR could one day return to his former club Barcelona, admits manager Ernesto Valverde. Neymar sensationally quit Barcelona for PSG in the summer in a £200million hostile transfer. Barca then filed a lawsuit against Neymar over a 'break of contract' in a loyalty bonus dispute, only for the player to counter sue. Relations between the s...Full Story »

Olympiakos vs Barcelona - Ernesto Valverde excited for Olympiacos return

Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by PA64 hits

Barcelona could secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night in what coach Ernesto Valverde admits will be an emotional return to his former club Olympiacos. Valverde earned himself a place in Olympiacos' folklore after leading the club to three league titles and two domestic cups during two spells in charge between 2008 and 2012, and he is set to receive a...Full Story »

Bilbao vs Barcelona - Valverde determined political turmoil will not cause distraction

Posted Saturday, October 28, 2017 by PA64 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is determined not to let the ongoing political turmoil in Catalonia detract him from the task at hand as he returns to former club Athletic Bilbao this weekend. With Catalonia seeking independence from Spain, speculation has been rife about what that might mean for the Blaugrana in the future - including whether the 24-time Spanish champions will still be compet...Full Story »

Valverde hails Arnaiz after impressive Barcelona debut

Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by fourfourtwo.com82 hits

Jose Arnaiz's goalscoring debut for Barcelona against Murcia left Ernesto Valverde very impressed. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was delighted with the performance of debutant Jose Arnaiz in his side's Copa del Rey win at Real Murcia. The 22-year-old marked his first start for the club with the third goal in the 3-0 win over the Segunda B side at the Nueva Condomina on Tuesday. Arnaiz has...Full Story »

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