Ernesto Valverde had surprised in his last appearance at the Phillips Stadion stadium, after Barcelona defeated PSV (1-2). More harsh than close, more monosyllabic than explanatory, the Barca coach frowned when asked about the team's game. And more relaxed, in the Sports City Joan Gamper, in the pre-match against Villarreal, he returned to reflect on the football level of his boys. "There is nothing new under the sun, there will always be criticism. Sometimes because we generated few occasions, others because we conceded many … We qualified with the first group in the Champions League in the absence of a game, but it is true that in some games in LaLiga we were not well. The season is long, "he analyzed.
"What is it that worries you most about the team?" They insisted to the azulgrana coach. The Txingurri reflected several seconds. "Look, I have to think about it", he ripped off; "I'm interested in regaining the lead as soon as possible. I'm worried about recovering the injured quickly and getting out of today's press conference. " More calm, at times sagacious, the most authentic Valverde was back. Of the eight injured players that the coach has-Arturo Vidal also worked outside the group this Friday, Valverde hopes to recover soon to Arthur and Vermaelen, while the Chilean midfielder will have no problems being on the list against Villarreal. In addition, next week Cillessen could return to work normally.
With which Valverde can not count for a while is with Umtiti. The French central has opted to listen to the advice of the French federation and not the club and will settle in Qatar to do a conservative treatment in the left knee. "There are several parts and all have to agree. In the end, the last word the player has, is his leg. We have to help him and we have to be optimistic. We hope that he gets well and that he can be with us soon, "Valverde explained. Barca coach did not want to disclose if the technical secretary will look for a replacement for the French in the winter window. "We do not know if we have to go to the market or not. For now, we will pull with the template and with the players of the subsidiary, "he added.
Valverde has only two centers (Piqué and Lenglet) for the match against Villareal. "I hope a Villarreal that tightens us up at certain times, especially at our start. They relate well to the ball and I do not think that will change it. It is true that in recent games they have used several schemes and, in that sense, we do not know what we can find, "he said. And he concluded: "They have fast players up that can complicate us, like Gerard Moreno. It will be a difficult game because they come from winning their first game at home and here they will fight. "