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Valverde says no confrontation with Messi and Pique after Roma loss

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There were rumors that after Barcelona’s difficult loss to Roma in midweek that Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique had confronted manager Ernesto Valverde about the game. Valverde has dismissed the rumor and talked about Barcelona’s reaction to the loss and how they’re moving forward.

”I have nothing to say about that [Messi and Pique asking for explanations] mostly because nothing like that happened,” he said.

”The team have reacted well since the game.

”We are in a difficult moment, possibly our second worst of the season after August [and the Supercopa de Espana defeats].

”We lost and we’re out of a competition that we were very excited about and do feel sorry for ourselves and the fans.

”But if we continue to dwell on that game and think about, we will keep losing.”

Ernesto Valverde | Marca

The club have the chance to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga this weekend against Valencia. The quick chance against Valencia to get over the Roma loss will in a small way be key for the club.