Tagged: Ernesto Valverde

Sergio Busquets unsurprised with Lionel Messi’s consistent performances

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has said that there is no surprise element with regards to the performances of Lionel Messi in the club’s shirt. The Argentina international recently reached the 40-goal landmark for the 10th season on the bounce after he bagged a brace in the 2-0 triumph over Espanyol.

Speaking after the game, Busquets lauded the efforts of the club captain but stressed that the players are not surprised with what he does on the playing field, he said: “His (Messi’s) performances may be unusual from the outside, but they do not surprise us. “What he does in training is more difficult in matches, but we are used to it.”
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Arturo Vidal Unhappy with Lack of Playing Time at Barcelona

Arturo Vidal appears to be increasingly displeased with his playing time at Barcelona in the last few months, but he has refused solutions of a fallout with manager Ernesto Valverde. The Chilean midfielder made the switch to Barcelona in the summer, but it has not been a rosy start to life at the Catalan club for the former Bayern Munich player.Vidal was only named on the bench for the crucial Champions League game against Tottenham. Even though Barcelona ended up winning the game with a 4-2 success, the headlines did captureVidal in a grumpy mood on the bench. The midfielder also went on to reveal his frustration on social media.

Vidal made the switch from Bayern Munich for around €20 million. The 31-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Spanish outfit, who have had a disastrous start to the 2018-19 campaign. Even though Barcelona are still are the top of the Spanish La Liga after the first few games of the campaign, they have already dropped multiple points so far in the season. A major saving grace has been their main rivals Real Madrid also dropping points. After the reaction for the lack of gametime against Spurs,Vidal was not seen in the draw with Valencia during the weekend. The 31-year-old claims that he will speak with the coach if he has a personal problem and it is not an issue right now.
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Barcelona boss pleased with the involvement of summer signings

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted that he is pleased with the involvement of the club’s summer signings during the recent friendly game against Tottenham Hotspur. The trident of Clement Lenglet, Malcom, and Arthur featured during the 2-2 draw versus Spurs which they won on penalties and Valverde was particularly pleased with the efforts of the latter, who has no European experience to his name.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “The new signings? They all played really well, it was evident that both Lenglet and Arthur have been training with us for a little while. We had no doubts about Lenglet because he already played in Spain and we have been working on Arthur settling in but this was very encouraging. We believe Arthur can give us a lot in terms of possession, bringing the ball forward and offering a goal threat.”
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