Wednesday. 22.05.2019 |
Wednesday. 22.05.2019

VALVERDE HAS NOT BEEN TOUGH WITH DEMBÉLÉ

Valverde: "I have also fallen asleep"

Ernesto Valverde in the Champions League press conference
Ernesto Valverde in the Champions League press conference

Barcelona coach has also spoken about Dembélé and how they will solve his behavior issues.

FCBarcelona will face Tottenham on the last Champions League match from the groups row. The English team need to win in order to reach the classification and Barça is already classified as the first. About this situation, Ernesto Valverde has said that "it is not new, last year we played against Sporting that they needed a win and we beat them". In this sense, the coach has added that "it will be a tough match because they are strong phisically, but we want to win". Also, "we will search the victory and will compete with our best level in order to respect the competition and the rival".

However, the main topic of the press conference has been Ousmane Dembélé. The French player performed greatly against Espanyol but next day he fell asleep and trained alone. Valverde has told that "I expected a calmed day after the win, but it was not". "It is not a new situation, Dembélé has a lot of talent and we want to help him, we will solve it internally". About this, he has ended adding that "I do not know why he acts like this, but during a season there are problems and we will resolve it as we usually do". He has also wanted to downplay the issue: "I have seen lots of things trained, I have also fallen asleep other times".

Also, Valverde has spoken about Tottenham: "Harry Kane is a great player, he rested this week". The English will play with his best team, also Erisken and Dele Alli will play in the Camp Nou, that they did not play in Wembley. About the changes in the line-up, the coach has recognised that "we will introduce changes, but the team will do their best". There are players like Luis Suárez that have had problems: "I do not want to force Suárez". However, he has not said anything sure about Leo Messi and if he is going to play. But, the team expect to count with Arthur Melo.

 

Valverde: "I have also fallen asleep"
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