BARCELONA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 05: Ernesto Valverde, Manager of Barcelona looks on prior the game … [+] during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Slavia Praha at Camp Nou on November 05, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has spoken on a wide range of topics including his future, the struggling Messi-Griezmann connection, and his team’s poor form prior to their La Liga clash with Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Of Celta and their recent change of manager, Valverde said: ‘They’re in a difficult situation, due to the unexpected. They have fallen. In the last matches they have been hurt by goals at the last minute [like that scored by] Betis. Against Getafe they showed nervousness. Celta have good players and it’s not normal for them to have so few goals with the players they have. It’s a team that will get out of the bottom part of the standings. They have talent and they’ll show it.’
Regarding Barcelona’s own slump, which has seen them lose and draw their last two outings, Valverde commented that ‘what we need is a victory’. ‘We come from losing a game against Levante in seven minutes. We need [to find] that path of adding three points, because we know what it means to lose in this team. We are motivated and still recognising the difficulties of the game, we need [to win] it to maintain the leadership [of La Liga].
Grilled again on the amount of rest days he has