President Josep Maria Bartomeu doesn’t believe that FC Barcelona lost the Copa del Rey-final on Saturday against Valencia (2-1) with a dissatisfied feeling must look back on the season.
“It was a very good season. We have not failed,” said Bartomeu against the Spanish media. “But you can not speak of a excellent season. We have the national championship caught, and there is unfortunately remained.”
It seems that the disappointment among the supporters of Barcelona great, also because the Catalans in addition to a place in the Champions League final handles. In the semi-final against Liverpool turned out to be a 3-0-home win is not worth anything, because at Anfield with a 4-0 lead was lost. Since then the pressure on coach Ernesto Valverde.
“But Valverde has a contract for next season, and it is not his fault that Valencia have lost,” Bartomeu, which are not too far ahead and wants to look. “We have long been concerned with next season, but now is not the time to delve in to.”
It is for the first time in eleven years that Valencia has a price takes. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“The expectations were high”
In the finale Saturday in Seville, watched Barcelona – with Jasper Cillessen in goal – all for resting against a 2-0-deficit. Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scored for Valencia, and beyond the aansluitingstreffer of Lionel Messi came to Barcelona after not resting.
Valverde responded, of course, also on the loss and he, too, wanted not too heavy to conclusions. “We always go for profit, that is in the blood of a winner. But there should also always a team loss. Valencia was the better,” said the Spaniard, who two years ago happened to Athletic Bilbao.
“We should be happy with the title, although we made a month ago still chance to win the treble”, he continued Valverde. “The expectations were high, but one that we have not lived up to.”
By the loss of the cup final Barcelona under Valverde provisionally to a total of four prizes. The club picked up in 2018, with the championship title, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup and then came this season, so a second national championship.
Ernesto Valverde during the cup final against Valencia. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Cillessen and FC Barcelona have Spanish cup at Valencia to let