Ex-Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke about Xavi’s tactical plan, surprising starting line-up, Dembele’s performance, and being outplayed by Xavi in his post-match press conference.
Valverde on Xavi’s tactical plan:
“Xavi’s tactical plan was great. His approach with 4 midfielders and Pedri on the left caught me off guard. It bothered us. They made us suffer from the right, from the left, from everywhere. They gave us a lesson.”
Valverde on Barca’s tarting XI:
“Barça’s starting XI surprised me. They were superior than us. After the second goal, they killed us. We suffered, and it was a difficult game for us.”
Valverde on Dembele’s performance:
“Dembélé had a great match. This is Ousmane Dembélé. He has forgotten about injuries and he became an important player. He is world-class.”
Valverde on Balde:
“I assumed that Balde was going to play because he’s rapid. He played well.”
Valverde on Fc Barcelona:
“Barcelona are a great team and they will always compete for titles. They will end up competing for La Liga with Real Madrid, that’s obvious.”
That concluded Ernesto Valverde’s post-match press conference.