The Barcelona boss talked about Carles Alena’s lack of game time, Samuel Umtiti’s fitness, Arthur’s improvements and of course Tuesday’s opponents.
Here are the main talking points.
Valverde on Valladolid
Yes they are on a nice streak, five games unbeaten. They have played well away and have got good results against Real Madrid and Granada. I remember last year’s game we suffered a lot and won 1-0, it was a tough game. I expect a Valladolid similar to what we have seen in recent games. A solid team that is difficult to overcome, and who can hurt you
Valverde on Umtiti
We’re going to wait and see what happens in training. The other day he did part of the session but I think it will be tough for him. I can’t say anything else.
Valverde on Ansu and Perez
They are inside the dynamic of the first team and that’s the idea. Of course they could move down to get playing time but as of today they are in the first team
Valverde on Ansu playing against Valladolid
We’ll see tomorrow. We have three games in seven days, it’s a possibility
Valverde on Arthur
He’s done several good things and that’s what we’re looking for. He’s taking the ball in areas more involved in the attack. He can help us in attack and we have to exploit his ability to do that. Above all his passes have been very good and he’s threaded the needle to players when there wasn’t much space and that’s what we need from him in that position.
Valverde on Wague
I think he looks good. He’s taken a step forward this season with the first team. It’s tough to get playing time but he’s always had an exemplary attitude towards training and playing time and he knows that at some point he’ll play.
Valverde on Alena
It’s true he’s not playing as much as we thought he’d play. He probably deserves to play more. He gives 110 per cent in training but there’s a lot of competition for places in our team. That could change at any moment and he had to be ready.
Valverde on Carlos Vela
I remember it was talked about last season and it was a possibility that came up. I don’t think we are yet in the time to talk about the winter transfer market. We are going to play with the players we have.
Valverde on Barca being outrun agains Slavia
What I have to say is that it’s about attitude. I don’t know if this information about kilometres covered is 100 per cent accurate. But we almost always have the ball so the other teams have to run more to catch up. There are other physical stats that are more important. I once heard a coach say you have to run less than the opponent and manage the game better. And the guy I’m talking about has a statue here and a stadium named after him.