Ernesto Valverde is aware that the pressure on him is growing because of Barcelona’s poor start to this LaLiga Santander season.A defeat at Granada over the weekend saw their struggles continue, and he’ll be hoping they can get on the right track against Villarreal on Tuesday.
“It’s nothing new,” he said of the questions surrounding his future.”There’s a huge demand on all of us [coaches].
Even more so at Barcelona.”I know that I’m in a position where results matter. The coach is always in the spotlight.?
“We haven’t started well and we have to recover. It’s time to get over this pothole.”When asked about the reasons for the form, Valverde was at something of a loss, though he did mention the Champions League collapse at Anfield.
“I don’t know if they’re from further back or if they’re beginning,” he admitted.”I think we have to focus on this season to analyse what’s happening now.
“If we go back to last year we also suffered but then came back. Then we had the Liverpool setback.”But we’re not getting good results away from home and we have to get back [to winning ways].
“Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique have been key for Barcelona but with little depth at the back, Valverde doesn’t have many options to rotate.
“They played in a lot of games last year,” he said when asked if they needed to be rested.”Centre backs have less wear than others, but we have players who can help.”[Jean-Clair] Todibo is there, and the youth team.”