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Ernesto Valverde talks Slavia Prague, El Clasico and Samuel Umtiti

The latest from the Barcelona boss


Ernesto Valverde faced the press in the Czech Republic on Tuesday ahead of Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League clash with Slavia Prague.

The Barcelona boss talked Wednesday’s opponents, his attacking players, the Clasico postponement and Samuel Umtiti’s latest injury setback.

Here are the main talking points:

Valverde on Slavia Prague

We are looking forward to a game against a great rival, which has already demonstrated its strength in their Champions League games this season. They do not turn their back and they approach games with many players in attack. They run a lot and the game is a fundamental one for both of us.

They are a dangerous team and you could see that in the Inter game. They played with personality and dominated the game. People may think that we are favourites, but it is an 11 against 11 game. They are a tough team and we will have to work hard.

Valverde on Barca attack

Messi, Suárez and Griezmann could start together tomorrow. They are in a good moment and we need a great game. Dembélé, of course, could also play tomorrow. It’s about understanding and that is achieved by playing together. The great players understand each other quickly.

Valverde on El Clasico

I’ve already said I would have liked to play it on Saturday. I’d like common sense to prevail. Espanyol played last Sunday at home, but next week’s game was postponed. What happens if there’s another protest? I’d like a date quickly, and not to get stuck in the war between La Liga and the RFEF.

Valverde on Umtiti

He played a great game and then has trained normally until he received that blow in the end of the session. We hope it’s nothing more, we will wait and see.

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