Monday January 21 2019
Ernesto Valverde: "No controversy with Barcelona's second goal"

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has played down controversy relating to his side’s second goal in their 3-1 victory over Leganes on Sunday.

Luis Suarez restored Barca’s lead with twenty minutes remaining at the Camp Nou despite the Uruguayan appearing to collide with visiting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar in the build-up.

“I thought it was a valid goal,” Valverde told Spanish TV station Movistar Partidazo immediately after the game.

“Everybody will have their own opinion on decisions of this nature but the referee awarded the goal and VAR was in place to overrule that decision had it not been correct.

“Luis does not touch the goalkeeper so that is why it was given so there really should not be a big deal about the controversy.

“There will always be controversy in football and regardless of the call people will believe there have been mistakes, but we must accept this.

“VAR will not eliminate this nor any form of officiating, it can never be seen to be perfect because people will always have their own disagreements and interpretations.

“The important thing is that VAR eliminates major errors and cuts down on other mistakes too, but nothing will ever be perfect.

“Philippe Coutinho? He played well and he is brave, always wanting the ball – we are delighted with his contribution.”

Football Italia website