FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has Thursday his support for Ernesto Valverde pronounced. The trainer is under pressure, because the Catalans for the second season in a row in a very painful way were turned off in the Champions League.
“Valverde is the coach that we want. We are only halfway through a big project,” said Bartomeu to the presentation of a book about the former Barcelona player László Kubala.
“The trainer has an ongoing contract and we are very pleased with him. It is up to him and the players to recover from the huge disappointment”, referred to by the president on the shutdown in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Therein gave Barcelona against Liverpool in a 3-0 victory from the heenwedstrijd way. At Anfield Road was the team of Valverde painful with 4-0 down.
Summary Liverpool-FC Barcelona (4-0)
“It’s a great season’
Thus repeat the history of Barcelona. Last year in the first season under Valverde won Barcelona in the quarter finals with 4-1 AS Roma, but it was after a 3-0 defeat in the return still disabled.
“It’s a great season”, said Bartomeu, nonetheless. “The league is the main objective, and only then come the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.”
Barcelona claimed the championship title already secure, with a wide lead over Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. In the cup final takes the team’s goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen next week Saturday against Valencia.
“We think of the long-term, and the first purchases have already been done”, referring Bartomeu on following his departure to chelsea Frenkie de Jong and the Brazilian Emerson. “After the Copa del Rey we talk further about possible reinforcements.”
Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Cillessen notched probably last duels of the season
In February, it reached to the city of Barcelona accordance with Valverde over a new contract. The 55-year-old coach is still until mid-2020 at the Nou Camp, moreover, there is an option for an additional season.
Barcelona will play Sunday on a visit to Eibar last league game of the season. Cillessen is likely to be the goal to defend, because first keeper Marc-André ter Stegen with a knee injury. The Orange-goalkeeper gets in the cup are always preferred.
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