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Barcelona vs Sevilla - Valverde plays down Neymar return ‘speculation’

Posted Saturday, October 20, 2018 by PA27 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed reports linking Neymar with a return to the Nou Camp as “speculation” ahead of his side’s LaLiga clash with in-form Sevilla.Valverde’s current problems will tempt many to relish the potential return of the Brazilian who left the club 14 months ago for Paris St Germain in a world-record deal.While Barca go into the game withou...Full Story »

SIX tasks facing Valverde at Barcelona

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Marca.com58 hits

The international break is in the books and the focus now returns to club football, with Barcelona facing a tough run of fixtures as they take on Sevilla, Inter and Real Madrid in just over of a week. The Blaugrana haven't won any of their past four LaLiga Santander matches and Ernesto Valverde has several issues to solve, some short-term ones and some long-term ones. Here, we look at six t...Full Story »

Valencia vs Barcelona - Barca boss Valverde denies falling out with Vidal

Posted Sunday, October 07, 2018 by PA122 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has played down suggestions of a rift with midfielder Arturo Vidal ahead of Sunday’s trip to Valencia. Barca enjoyed a 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham in midweek, a much-needed result after three games without a win. But rather than celebrate, Vidal posted an angry emoji, since deleted, on his Instagram account – with suggestions that an a...Full Story »

Valverde: I benched Messi thinking about what's best for my team

Posted Sunday, September 30, 2018 by Marca.com118 hits

After dropping another two points thanks to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou against Athletic Club, Ernesto Valverde defended his decision to bench Lionel Messi, suggesting it was for the good of his team. His attempt at rotation again backfired against a club that had lost on every one of their last 14 visits. "When I make the decision, I think about what's best for my team and for my club," he s...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona do not have an attitude problem

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2018 by PA21 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed any questions about his team’s attitude following a shock LaLiga defeat against Leganes.Leganes struck twice in a minute to claim a 2-1 win on Wednesday, although Barcelona remain top of the table ahead of Saturday’s game with Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou.“When you lose then you are open to any kind of criticism,” Valverde...Full Story »

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde on defeat: 'These things can happen'

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2018 by ESPN66 hits

Lionel Messi reacts after missing a chance in Barcelona's 2-1 loss to Leganes on Wednesday. David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images Ernesto Valverde was at a loss to explain Barcelona's shock defeat to Leganes on Wednesday as their unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at Butarque. Barca weren't beaten in La Liga last season until their 37th and penultimate game when they had a...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde stumped as Barcelona suffer shock defeat to Leganes

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2018 by PA36 hits

Ernesto Valverde was at a loss to explain Barcelona’s first defeat of the season after Leganes pulled off a stunning upset at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.Leganes had taken just one point from their opening five matches and would have sensed a fruitless night lay in store after falling behind to Philippe Coutinho’s excellent 12th-minute volley.The hosts grew steadily stronger th...Full Story »

I don’t think it was a red card at all: Barcelona’s Valverde disagrees with VAR

Posted Monday, September 24, 2018 by PA35 hits

Ernesto Valverde was unhappy with the VAR system as 10-man Barcelona surrendered their 100 per cent start to the season in an eventful 2-2 Catalan derby draw with Girona.Barca had defender Clement Lenglet sent off 10 minutes before the break at the Nou Camp after he caught Riera Pere Pons with his elbow with referee Gil Manzano producing a red card after being invited to view video footage of th...Full Story »

Barcelona coach Valverde confirms contract has option

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2018 by Tribalfootball.com60 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed there's a 12 month option in his contract. Valverde confirmed he has the chance to prolong his stay on the Camp Nou bench, but suggested he's in no hurry to commit. "I have a contract at the moment until [the end of the season] and I have the option to extend it by a further year," he said in a news conference. "We know how things work in footb...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Girona - Barcelona boss Valverde: It’s too early to talk new terms

Posted Sunday, September 23, 2018 by PA63 hits

Ernesto Valverde insists it is too early to discuss a potential renewal of his Barcelona contract. The Barca boss signed a two-year deal when succeeding Luis Enrique in May 2017 and in his first season at the helm he won a LaLiga and Copa del Rey double. The new league campaign is only four games old, with Sunday’s Catalan derby against Girona providing the fifth, and yet rumours persi...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde praises Barcelona spirit in comeback win at Real Sociedad

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2018 by PA43 hits

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde praised his players for emerging with “three great points” from a considerable test after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Real Sociedad.Valverde’s men went 1-0 down in the 12th minute at the redesigned Anoeta Stadium via Aritz Elustondo’s strike before things turned around in the second half, with Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scoring...Full Story »

Squad goals for Barca boss Valverde

Posted Friday, September 14, 2018 by PA30 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits rotation of his players will become key as a LaLiga trip to Real Sociedad starts a run of seven matches in 23 days.Champions League group games at home to PSV Eindhoven and away to Tottenham are sandwiched in between five league matches – with Barca looking to maintain their perfect start.An 8-2 thrashing of Huesca before the international break mean...Full Story »

I’m not happy with the goals we let in, says Barca boss Valverde after 8-2 win

Posted Monday, September 03, 2018 by PA49 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was not fully satisfied after watching his side thrash Huesca 8-2 to go top of LaLiga.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice and after Jorge Pulido’s own goal Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba were all on target as Valverde’s side ran riot in the second half.But Huesca had opened the scoring through Watford loanee Cucho Hernand...Full Story »

Valverde hits out at state of pitch after Barcelona’s victory at Real Valladolid

Posted Sunday, August 26, 2018 by PA62 hits

Coach Ernesto Valverde has criticised the pitch at Real Valladolid after Barcelona scraped to a 1-0 victory.The players were seen struggling as the newly laid turf began cutting up during the match at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, with Valverde saying he had not seen anything like it “for a long time”.The Barca coach blamed the state of the surface for making it difficult for his player...Full Story »

Ernesto Valverde denies Ivan Rakitic's €90m PSG link

Posted Saturday, August 25, 2018 by Goal.com47 hits

Ivan Rakitic is one of Barcelona's best players and should not be allowed to leave, according to head coach Ernesto Valverde. Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly lining up a €90million bid for the 30-year-old midfielder, who was a key part of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final this summer. Barca will not be short on options if the former Sevilla man does...Full Story »

Valladolid vs Barcelona - Valverde wary of Real Valladolid threat

Posted Saturday, August 25, 2018 by PA84 hits

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is taking nothing for granted ahead of his side’s visit to newly-promoted Real Valladolid.Barca began the defence of their LaLiga title with a 3-0 home win over Alaves and are strong favourites to make it two wins out of two against Valladolid.However, Valverde is wary of the threat posed by the home side at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla after Sergio Gonza...Full Story »

Lionel Messi: Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde hints at position change for Argentine star

Posted Saturday, August 18, 2018 by hits

Lionel Messi could be used on the right this season by Barcelona Barca boss Valverde has revealed that Messi could be used on the right as the club highlight the need to look after the 31-year-old’s wellbeing. "It's possible - we know his tendency to be drawn to where the ball is," Valverde said. "Whether Messi plays out wide or through the middle, it's always an advantage for us. "Th...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Alaves - Valverde backs Suarez to start with a bang as Barca launch title defence

Posted Saturday, August 18, 2018 by PA100 hits

Luis Suarez has been backed to hit the ground running despite enduring an unimpressive pre-season when Barcelona launch their La Liga title defence.Suarez struggled to make any impact as a starter against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup and replacement in the friendly against Boca Juniors – his first appearances since helping Uruguay reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.The 31-y...Full Story »

Doors open for Fede Valverde

Posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 by Marca.com73 hits

After a super US tour and the imminent departure of Mateo Kovacic, the doors to the first team have opened for Fede Valverde. A starter in the games against Manchester United and Juventus, the Uruguayan dazzled, and hence there is the strong possibility that he will stay with the first team and be one of Julen Lopetegui's 25 squad members. The standard of his performances and his attitude ar...Full Story »

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde drops Paul Pogba signing hint

Posted Sunday, August 05, 2018 by hits

Man Utd transfer news: Paul Pogba could move to Barcelona this summer (Image: GETTY) BARCELONA boss Ernesto Valverde refused to rule out a move for Paul Pogba and branded him a 'great player' when questioned about a possible transfer in America. Pogba has been linked with a stunning move to Barcelona this summer after he supposedly met with the club's new director of football Eric Abidal. Pog...Full Story »

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