Madrid – Ernesto Valverde has mentioned he isn’t frightened about his future as Barcelona coach and feels absolutely supported by the membership.
Valverde’s place has once more come beneath scrutiny after Barca had been crushed 3-1 by Levante in La Liga final weekend earlier than behind held to a goalless draw at house to Slavia Prague on Tuesday.
Requested if he feels involved about his future, Valverde mentioned: “No”. He added: “The club has supported me and respected me. I have no problem with that.”
Barcelona have misplaced thrice within the league already this season and their semi-final collapse in opposition to Liverpool within the Champions League in Should lingers.
“Whether I understand the criticism or not, thats how it is,” Valverde mentioned. “I don’t have much to say except if the game against Slavia had been better or if we had scored in the first half or another in the second, it would be different.”
Barca play at house on Saturday in opposition to struggling Celta Vigo, who appointed Oscar Garcia as coach on Wednesday after sacking Fran Escriba.
“What we need is a victory,” mentioned Valverde. “We come from dropping a sport in opposition to Levante the place we conceded three in six minutes and we want a victory to get again to including three factors as a result of we all know what it means once you lose at this membership.
“We’re motivated, we all know this will probably be a troublesome match, however we need to win for the sensation greater than something but additionally to remain high of the desk.”
Barcelona are forward of Actual Madrid solely on objective distinction however the two sides have performed a sport fewer than Actual Sociedad in third and Atletico Madrid in fourth after the Clasico was postponed final month.
The match has been rearranged for Wednesday December 18 and the suggestion is La Liga might push for a day kick-off.
“I would not perceive that,” said Valverde. “I do not know something about it however for the followers it would not be good. They’ll watch the sport in far-away nations however it could even be good to attraction to these those that reside right here.”
Valverde mentioned Luis Suarez might return in opposition to Celta after recovering from a calf pressure sustained in opposition to Levante however Jordi Alba is out with a hamstring damage.
“We predict Luis will be out there however let’s examine, I can not ensure,” Valverde mentioned.