The Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde, he recalled that in a derby, like the one his team will play on Saturday against Espanyol (9:00 pm), «the qualifying differences do not exist», because it is about matches that “play a lot with the heart”.
He admitted that he has noticed the trajectory of Espanyol in recent games and also in that of Abelardo Fernández, new coach of the blue and whites, with their different teams and how he raises his matches against Barça. «In these games there is a lot of tension in the game, you play with your heart and we have to know how to play them. For us it is an important meeting because the first round is over and we want to win for that emotional component that it has, ”he said.
Valverde said the dispute next week of the Spain Supercup In Saudi Arabia, the match against Espanyol does not condition at all, because the semifinal is played on Thursday and there is room for recovery. “Saturday’s game is very important for us, we must go one hundred percent, knowing that they play a lot and knowing what we play,” he insisted.
As a former player and former coach of Espanyol, Valverde would like the parakeet to continue in First “without any doubt.” “When a team goes last, it means they have to make many points to save themselves. There are not many differences and they are not off the hook, although the last game (defeat in Leganes) hurt them. I think there is room for many things to happen in the League, ”he said.
Ter Stegen, almost ruled out for the Super Cup
Expect so much Leo Messi how Luis Suarez Y Arturo vidal, the last ones who joined the training, are ready and recalled that the three performed maintenance work during the holidays.
Who sure will not be on Saturday is the starting goal Marc-André ter Stegen, suffering from tendinopathy. «It comes with some tendon problems for some time and we contemplated that it could be low for a short period of time. Tomorrow (Saturday) will not be available and for the Super Cup it will be difficult, then hopefully you can be in the next league game, ”he said. Anyway, Valverde said that the doctors of the Barca club have not considered the operation of the German goal: «The doctors have not spoken to me in those terms. We have not reached that extreme ».
Refering to March of Carles Aleñá al BetisValverde revealed that there was a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave Barcelona as assigned: “In August we managed to stay, but not now.” «Now we have one player less in that position and I don’t think of any way out anymore -not in Arturo Vidal’s or Todibo’s – because we have those we have and those of the B, with Riqui and the others, ”he admitted.
He also referred to the Brazilian’s injury Arthur Melo, which he defined as “a setback” for the team. «We will see if it can be recovered within the expected period. What I would not like is that it was like the previous year that was renqueando throughout the season. We need it one hundred percent, ”he insisted.
The Barcelona coach left a reflection in the press room when asked if it would be a failure to close a season without winning anything. «Everyone can interpret the word failure as they see fit. In football the difference between winning, drawing and losing sometimes depends on five centimeters and what I consider is to take everything to the extreme, one hundred percent, that is the key to success. What you can’t do is stay halfway, because trying and playing it every day is already a success and prevails over the concept of failure or not, ”he said.