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Valverde: It was a weird game for Barcelona

The coach says his team lacked focus at Camp Nou

Barcelona v Las Palmas - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says it was weird playing Las Palmas at an empty Camp Nou on Sunday, as the game was played behind closed doors.

The game looked like being called off after clashes between police and voters in the city, with the game scheduled for the same day as the Catalan independence referendum.

However, it eventually got the go-ahead with president Josep Maria Bartomeu claiming it was played behind closed doors as a protest, and not for security reasons.

Barca went on to win the game 3-0 to maintain their perfect start to the season, but it was a strange day all round, as Valverde conceded afterwards.

"It was a weird and complicated situation for everyone and it wasn't possible to postpone the game.

"That is why we played behind closed doors, because it was a consensual decision of the club.

"We were not very focused and started with little rhythm. Las Palmas have great players and our mistakes were costing us. In the second half, we were more effective in pressuring them and managed to score.

"The impact of playing at an empty Camp Nou is important. It is not normal to be in a situation like that and we had to overcome those difficulties.

"We wanted to win because we represent a lot of people and we want them to be happy. We are all aware of what happened in Catalonia."

Source | Sky Sports

It was a chaotic and difficult day for all involved, and one that will go down in history, for all the wrong reasons.

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