NEWS
Sunday October 20 2019
Jose Luis Mendilibar backs Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde

Eibar manager Jose Luis Mendilibar has defended Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde from recent criticism.

Valverde's side returned to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at the Estadio Irpura, but he has still been the subject of criticism since the start of the season.

Much of the negativity surrounding the former Athletic Bilbao boss is connected to Barcelona's slip ups in the Champions League and Copa del Rey at the back end of 2019-20.

"Losing two games early on in the season, is not normal for Barcelona.

"They often lose just a few games each season.

"But they are a great team, with a great coach.

"Do not doubt Valverde, as he is the best he is the best that Barcelona have."

Mendilibar has hailed the performances of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, who both scored against his side, stating that once they are back to full fitness, Barcelona will be favourites to retain their La Liga title.

Barcelona head to Slavia Prague in midweek Champions League action, before a potential weekend off following the postponement of El Clasico at the Camp Nou.

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