Valverde admits Barcelona were not at their best

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde conceded that it was a below-par display from his side in their narrow 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in La Liga.The Catalan giants needed a first-half Lionel Messi penalty at Camp Nou on Saturday to avoid extending their winless run to four games in all competitions.However, even the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had a hard night with former Barca keeper Jordi Masip saving his second penalty kick in the second-half for Valladolid after Kiko Olivas brought down substitute Philippe Coutinho.But the Blaugrana collected a valuable win any way that sees them extend their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points for the time being with Real Madrid to play Girona later today.“In the first half, we had very little fluidity in attack and did not move the ball with the necessary speed,” said Valverde, according to Marca.“They changed their system and we were not fluent and could not circulate things quickly but their goalkeeper did well.“Some games are won like that, though, and Tuesday (against Lyon) will be another challenge for us.“I see the team as being ready to give their best now and get back to that.“Sometimes you won’t be brilliant in every game but there are four important matches coming up and we will go step by step.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Spanish coach, who signed a new contract with Barcelona on Friday, also praised new signing Kevin Prince-Boateng and defender Gerard Pique.“Pique had a great game and I think he is doing well and he can withstand playing a lot of games which is why I stick with him,” Valverde continued.“Having retired from international football, he doesn’t have that hanging over him.“Boateng came to us a difficult time of the season and that can be tough to do when you haven’t been participating regularly and don’t know the mechanisms of the team.“He has helped us through and will do so even more.”🔝 @LaLigaEN— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 16, 2019last_img

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