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Ernesto Valverde doesn’t blame Barcelona’s defenders for Levante defeat

Posted Monday, May 14, 2018 by PA27 hits

Ernesto Valverde refused to blame his defenders despite Barcelona’s chances of becoming the first team to post an unbeaten LaLiga season coming to an end with astonishing 5-4 defeat by Levante.The hosts stormed into a 5-1 lead 11 minutes into the second half, with Barca’s centre-back pairing of Thomas Vermaelen and Yerry Mina in disarray.Ghanaian Emmanuel Boateng plundered a hat...Full Story »

Levante vs Barcelona - Valverde eyeing incredible unbeaten season

Posted Sunday, May 13, 2018 by PA62 hits

Ernesto Valverde thinks it will be “incredible” if Barcelona can create history by becoming the first team to finish a LaLiga season unbeaten.Barca have cruised to the title in Spain, winning 27 and drawing nine of their 36 fixture so far.Coach Valverde, in his first year at the Nou Camp, takes his players to Levante on Sunday before completing a remarkable campaign at home to Real S...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Villarreal - Valverde calls for Barcelona to maintain focus as history beckons

Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 by PA35 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has urged his players not to ease up with them on the verge of making history as he wants to foster a competitive habit at the Nou Camp.The LaLiga champions are within three matches of going a whole league season unbeaten, thereby becoming the first club to achieve the feat in a 38-game top-flight campaign.Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao recorded undefeated seaso...Full Story »

Valverde admits Barca have ‘lacked brilliance’ at times despite LaLiga triumph

Posted Monday, April 30, 2018 by PA40 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised the consistency of his title-winning side while acknowledging they have “lacked brilliance” at times.A 4-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday featuring a hat-trick from Lionel Messi clinched the LaLiga crown ahead of the two Madrid clubs with four matches to go.It also completed a domestic double after the Copa del Rey success last wee...Full Story »

Barcelona very happy with Valverde, says Bartomeu

Posted Friday, April 27, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com99 hits

Despite reports Ernesto Valverde is considering his Barcelona future, president Josep Maria Bartomeu backed the coach. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu dismissed questions over Ernesto Valverde's future, insisting the LaLiga giants were happy with the coach. Despite leading Barca to the Copa del Rey and almost certainly the LaLiga title, Valverde has reportedly been considering his f...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Sevilla - Valverde not taking Sevilla lightly as Barca look to continue Copa dominance

Posted Saturday, April 21, 2018 by PA66 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has warned his LaLiga champions-elect cannot be complacent when they take on Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final in Madrid.The Catalans have all-but secured another league title, boasting a 12-point lead over Atletico Madrid with five matches left, and are firm favourites to pick up a fourth successive Copa crown on Saturday night as well.Opponents Sevilla head int...Full Story »

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona - Ernesto Valverde set to shake up Barca side on trip to Celta Vigo

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by PA91 hits

Ernesto Valverde is set to make changes as LaLiga leaders Barcelona head to Celta Vigo on Tuesday. Barca can move within four points of claiming the title with victory at Balaidos but coach Valverde must also take Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Sevilla into account. The Catalan giants, who are 11 points clear at the top of the table with six games remaining, have endured a tough past we...Full Story »

Barcelona step up pursuit of Dutch starlets in four-man transfer plan to bolster Valverde's squad

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Caughtoffside.com65 hits

Barcelona are on course to enjoy a successful end to the campaign, but reports claim that they have plans to further bolster their squad next season. The Catalan giants bowed out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion last week, but as they continue to close in on the La Liga title and with a Copa del Rey final to look forward to this weekend, Ernesto Valverde has plenty to be pleas...Full Story »

Valverde: Messi and Pique didn't ask me for an explanation after the Roma loss

Posted Saturday, April 14, 2018 by Marca.com83 hits

Barcelona's stars didn't ask coach Ernesto Valverde to explain himself after Tuesday's Champions League loss against Roma, the coach has claimed. The former Athletic Club tactician answered questions ahead of Valencia's trip to the Camp Nou this weekend, but, unsurprisingly, much of the focus was on their stunning midweek European exit. While he rubbished rumours about a confrontation with G...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Valencia - Valverde insists he can deal with criticism of Barcelona’s UCL exit

Posted Saturday, April 14, 2018 by PA55 hits

Barcelona are powering towards a record-breaking LaLiga title triumph yet manager Ernesto Valverde finds himself under fierce attack as the inquest into the club’s Champions League exit continues.Victory over Valencia at the Nou Camp on Saturday would increase their unbeaten league run to 39 games, surpassing the previous highest mark set by Real Socieded 38 years ago, and propel them ever...Full Story »

It’s not just my record, says Valverde as Barcelona equal LaLiga unbeaten record

Posted Sunday, April 08, 2018 by PA40 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was quick to share the plaudits with his predecessor Luis Enrique after the Catalan giants equalled a LaLiga record in their win over Leganes.Barca’s 3-1 victory, secured by the 45th hat-trick of Lionel Messi’s career, not only moved them 12 points clear at the summit but saw them match Real Sociedad’s all-time of 38 successive LaLiga games with...Full Story »

AS Roma vs Barcelona - Valverde hails ‘unique’ Messi ahead of Roma clash

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 by PA68 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is hoping the combination of Lionel Messi’s expected return and a passionate Nou Camp crowd will be enough to overpower Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Barca host the first leg of the last-eight tie on Wednesday and are likely to have their star man back in the starting XI following hamstring trouble. Messi suffered a niggle on inter...Full Story »

Barcelona vs AS Roma - Valverde hails 'unique' Messi ahead of Roma clash

Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 by PA128 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is hoping the combination of Lionel Messi's expected return and a passionate Nou Camp crowd will be enough to overpower Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Barca host the first leg of the last-eight tie on Wednesday and are likely to have their star man back in the starting XI following hamstring trouble.Messi suffered a niggle on international dut...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde hails Barcelona’s battling spirit

Posted Sunday, April 01, 2018 by PA42 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised his side for not losing faith after Lionel Messi came off the bench to net a last-minute equaliser as the LaLiga leaders fought back to draw 2-2 at Sevilla.Franco Vazquez fired the home side, who are chasing a top-five finish, into the lead after 36 minutes and there looked no way back when Colombia forward Luis Muriel added another early in the second ha...Full Story »

Valverde: Messi's injury is nothing important

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 by Marca.com66 hits

Although Lionel Messi missed both Argentina's friendlies his coach at Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde, has played down any serious injury fears. The 54-year-old tactician confirmed that he has been aware of his player's muscle problem, but dismissed any concerns regarding his situation. "Messi finished the last match against Athletic Club and it is true that he has a few minor problems," he said...Full Story »

Lionel Messi tells Ernesto Valverde to axe Barcelona star for Chelsea clash

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Dailystar.co.uk212 hits

The Spanish giants host the Blues in their Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie tomorrow evening. Barca and Chelsea couldn't be separated in the first leg, with Messi netting a late equaliser to cancel out Willian's opener. And according to Spanish outlet Don Balon, who often make bold claims, Messi has told Valverde to alter his starting line-up. They sensationally claim the Argentina...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde felt his players were thinking about Chelsea during Malaga game

Posted Sunday, March 11, 2018 by PA52 hits

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde accepted his players had Chelsea on their minds after coasting through the second half of the 2-0 win over bottom club Malaga, who played for an hour with 10 men.Even without star forward Lionel Messi, who was with his wife following the birth of their third son, Barcelona had too much for the hosts.Luis Suarez headed in a fine opener after 15 minutes before...Full Story »

Barcelona captain Iniesta doubtful for Chelsea - Valverde

Posted Saturday, March 10, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com72 hits

Andres Iniesta remains a doubt for the second leg of Barcelona's Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea, coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed. The Barca captain had to be substituted in the first half of Sunday's 1-0 LaLiga win against Atletico Madrid with a hamstring injury. Iniesta is expected to miss Barca's league game at Malaga on Saturday and Valverde is unsure whether the midfie...Full Story »

Malaga vs Barcelona - Barcelona boss Valverde warns against complacency

Posted Saturday, March 10, 2018 by PA85 hits

Ernesto Valverde has warned his Barcelona team to take nothing for granted when they travel to face LaLiga’s bottom club Malaga on Saturday.Victory at La Rosaleda over a team without a win in 12 games and seemingly already resigned to relegation will boost Barca’s title hopes further after their win over second-placed Atletico Madrid last week.But Valverde harked back to his side&rsq...Full Story »

Barcelona star Messi happy with Valverde positional change

Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by tribalfootball.com101 hits

Barcelona star Leo Messi admits he's enjoying his football under coach Ernesto Valverde. Under Valverde the Argentinian superstar has been drawn back a few metres to receive the ball and create plays, his overall scoring mentality hasn't changed. "In the last year I might have moved my position backwards a little bit more and come from behind to [attack] the box, unlike other years that I wa...Full Story »

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