In their upcoming two matches, FC Barcelona will be visiting teams at which their current coach, Ernesto Valverde, is loved. Valverde played for and coached Athletic Bilbao, and that’s Barcelona’s next opponent in La Liga. He also coached the Greek team Olympiacos, who are Barça’s next opponent in the UEFA Champions League.
For Athletic Club, Valverde was a key player for years and, as a coach, won them their first trophy in 31 years - the Spanish Supercup against FC Barcelona, no less - and got them into the Champions League. For Olympiacos, he won the league three times and the cup twice.
Here’s him talking about his feelings for the upcoming trips:
Valverde also did a fun quiz about previous meetings between Barça and Athletic Club: