After Barça's strong victory in the derby, Ernesto Valverde lauded Lionel Messi with praise: "It's lucky to have it, it's a player that marks an unrepeatable season in football." The Basque coach also was pleased with the game of his team and had a gesture for Espanyol, encouraging him to continue making good games from now on.
Ernesto Valverde has valued the difficulty of winning the derby, but does not believe it to be an effect in the League. Asked about Ousmane Dembélé, Valverde has followed his usual speech saying that they are expecting "great things about him", but in the same response he has also named Philippe Coutinho, Denis Suárez and Carles Aleñá.
The Blaugrana coach explained that one of his intentions was to overcome the white-and-blue pressure, to cancel his best players, such as Marc Roca or Sergi Darder. The Basque coach also admitted that they had recently spoken about how to improve defensively and held not to fit the second consecutive goal in the League after the victory last week against Villarreal.