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Valverde: Barcelona have always supported me and I feel respected – MARCA.com



November 9, 2019
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Barcelona Confident about his future

Barcelona‘s recent unconvincing performances have sparked criticism towards their coach, butErnesto Valverdefeels has the full support of the club.

The formerAthletic Clubtactician has also revealed that he has recently had a meal with theBlaugrana‘s presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu.

“[My future] doesn’t worry me,” he told the press confidence.

“I went to eat with [Bartomeu].

“The club have always supported me and I feel respected.”

After a couple of games without a win,BarcelonahostCelta Vigoon Saturday andValverdelabelled his team’s upcoming game as crucial.

“We know that there are matches which we haven’t won and that always creates instability for morale,” he continued.

“Sometimes we echo very much those who want to unbalance us.

“We have to stand firm and keep up the intensity.

“For us, tomorrow’s game is important and we want to continue as [league] leaders.”

Ousmane Dembelewas replaced byAnsu Fati, after a mixed performance againstSlavia PragueandValverdeexplained why he included the Frenchman in the starting line-up.

“The other day, the game was ideal for the characteristics of either [Fati or Dembele],” he noted.

“Fast players running into space.

“Ousmane might have had more chances in the first half, because Slavia were more compact.

“I opted to replace him, as I think that Ansu is better when he comes on in the second halves than when he starts, that is why I opted for that route.”

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