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Valverde talks his Barcelona future and replacing Andres Iniesta ahead of Deportivo clash

FC Barcelona player Andres Iniesta Press Conference Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Ernesto Valverde faced the press on Saturday ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

The club are expected to be crowned champions this weekend and Valverde answered questions on that, his future and the departing Andres Iniesta.

Here are the best bits:

Valverde on how to replace Iniesta

Let’s not kid ourselves, Iniesta is irreplaceable. He’s one of a kind. He gives you things you can’t get from any other player. So when you have a player of that level you have to try to find other balance in the team. We know that Barcelona have a very set style of football. It’s very clear how we play but what Iniesta gives you is what you can’t get from any other player. We need to find the right balance in the squad.

Valverde on what he’s learned from Iniesta

Coaches learn from the players. We have a certain idea of things. We have ideas of tactics but it’s the players who contribute everything in every sense. Great players like Andres teach you that there are other things, which they seem to understand very naturally. It makes you think of other ways. You learn every day.

Valverde on his Barcelona future

I have no doubt that people will talk about this over the season, they always talk about the coach. You are quite right it’s just speculation I have nothing to say about this. I have a contract for next season and I am very happy here.

Valverde on Deportivo’s guard of honour

A lot of people are talking about these guard of honours, they spoke about it when we went to the Bernabeu. I think it’s something each team has to decide on but I think the guard of honour is a way of paying tribute to the opposing players. I think some of the virtue has gone from it, especially with Real Madrid and Barcelona, it’s seen as humiliation, it’s something I’d rather avoid.

Valverde on winning the league

We want to be the best. We’ve worked all season long and now there’s one step remaining. We’ll try to clinch the title tomorrow.

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