NEWS
Saturday September 16 2017
Valverde: Pitch was dry…

Ernesto valverde rued “the very dry pitch” that Barcelona played on in their hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Barca needed a late goal from Paulinho to preserve their 100 percent record in La Liga, but Valverde felt the state of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez made their cause harder.

“We found it very difficult. It was a very difficult game at a very complicated stadium,” the Coach said after the game.

“Our opponents were very tight, aggressive and played with confidence, while the pitch was very dry.

“This match was a test for us, given they also put themselves ahead on the scoreboard and we had to stage a comeback. That means a lot to us.

“We had a hard time getting into the final third. We didn’t play quickly and the pitch didn’t help either because the pitch was very dry.

“We could not break the lines of our opponents, it was like crashing against a wall and we couldn’t pass it.

“Deulofeu? He did very well in breaking the lines of our opponents and Denis Suarez got participated a lot in the game, in addition to scoring a goa.

“Rotations? They were because we’ve just started out and only four days have passed since our last game.

“Our goals must give confidence to the players who scored them. It’s important for them but also for the group because it shows that the squad is big and everyone can help, even those who didn’t play. We deserve credit for having been able to turn the game around.

“Dembele? It looks like a muscle tear and it’s a shame because he was getting into the team’s dynamics and now it’ll have to stop, hopefully not for long.”

Football Italia website