Ernesto Valverde vows to continue as Barcelona season fizzles out

first_img Reuters BarcelonaMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 10:50 IST Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes he can continue in charge of the Spanish champions (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarcelona won the La Liga title but failed in Champions League and Copa del ReyErnesto Valverde said he feels good to continue as Barcelona coachPresident Josep Maria Bartomeu backed Valverde to continue for the final year of his contractBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes he can continue in charge of the Spanish champions despite losing the Copa del Rey final 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday to complete a miserable end to the season.Stinging from their humiliating 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second leg, Barca were bidding to win the Cup for the fifth year in a row but defeat by Valencia raised more doubts about Valverde’s future.”I feel good (to continue), I know that to lose at this club is tough for the coach because there is always that responsibility, and sometimes you make mistakes, but you have to face them and here I am,” Valverde told reporters.”A month ago we celebrated the La Liga title thinking about winning a treble and we’ve been knocked off that path at the decisive moment.”Barcelona had been hoping to add to their 2009 and 2015 trebles and after throwing away a 3-0 first-leg lead against Liverpool, the Cup final offered the chance to seal a ninth domestic double.”We haven’t lost because we were affected by the talk of a treble,” Valverde said. “You always work towards what the club requires, which is to win trophies.”Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno’s goals were enough for Valencia to celebrate their centenary year with a first major trophy since 2008, with Lionel Messi’s late strike proving to be a mere consolation for Barca.Their President Josep Maria Bartomeu backed Valverde to continue for the final year of his contract.advertisement”Valverde has a contract, he’s the coach. This defeat is not the manager’s fault,” Bartomeu said.”We had a lot of chances but the ball wouldn’t go in. Sometimes you have all the shots, but what counts is scoring goals.”I wouldn’t say the season’s been a failure but it’s not been excellent either. Each year we want to get to the run-in with the best chance of winning everything and in the end we’ve lost two games, Anfield and here, and missed out on two titles.”Also Read | Bittersweet: Pique on Barcelona’s season after they lose Copa del Rey final to ValenciaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow BarcelonaFollow Ernesto ValverdeFollow Barcelona coachFollow Lionel MessiFollow ValenciaFollow Copa del ReyFollow Champions League Ernesto Valverde vows to continue as Barcelona season fizzles outMore doubts about Ernesto Valverde’s future have been raised after Barcelona failed to win the Copa del Rey title on Saturday. Lionel Messi’s goal was not enough as Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia in the final. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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