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Valverde Not Worried about His Future at Barcelona Despite Poor Run


Mahmoud Al Assal

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:26 GMT

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde confirmed Friday, November 8th that he is not worried about his future at the Spanish La Liga team, as he is fully supported by the club.

Under the helm of Valverde, Barcelona’s senior football team is suffering from a poor run, as they sustained a shock 3-1 defeat by Levante in the La Liga last weekend, two days before they held to goalless draw at home to Slavia Prague in the UEFA Champions League.

During Friday’s press conference ahead of the game against Celta Vigo in the La Liga, Valverde was asked if he feels concerned about his future, but he answered, "No."

"The club has supported me and respected me. I have no problem with that," the Barcelona coach said.

The Blaugrana have lost three times in the league already this season and their semi-final collapse against Liverpool in the Champions League in May still lingers.

"Whether I understand the criticism or not, that’s how it is," Valverde said.

Valverde stated that if Barcelona scored in the first half of the game against Slavia in the Champions League, it would be different.

Barcelona host struggling Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Saturday, November 9th. Celta appointed Oscar Garcia as coach on Wednesday, November 6th after sacking Fran Escriba.

The 55-year-old Spanish tactician said that all the team needs is a victory, confirming his players are motivated ahead of the game, as they all want to win for the feeling more than anything, but also to stay at the top of the table.

Barcelona are in the runners-up place of the La Liga table, level with rivals Real Madrid at 22 points, and one point behind leaders Real Sociedad.