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Ernesto Valverde ‘Angry’ After Barcelona Loss, Defends Lionel Messi Decision

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has expressed his dissatisfaction with the team’s performance after their 5-4 loss to Levante in La Liga on Sunday and insisted the decision to rest Lionel Messi was the right one.  The Spanish champions have been chasing an unbeaten season, but they suffered a dramatic defeat in the penultimate game of the campaign at the […]


What a Barcelona ‘heavyweight’ player said to Ernesto Valverde after 3-0 Roma defeat

Barcelona were knocked out the Champions League by Roma in shocking fashion last week. The Catalan giants comfortably won the first leg of their quarter-final 4-1 in Barcelona and they were seen as overwhelming favourites to progress. However, they were horrendous in the second leg and goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas […]

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Ernesto Valverde Denies Ousmane Dembele Lifestyle Concerns at Barcelona

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has dismissed concerns about Ousmane Dembele’s lifestyle and said the Catalan club are “happy” with the French winger.  Speaking after Barca’s defeat of Espanyol on penalties in the Supercopa de Catalunya, Valverde was questioned about Dembele’s off-field habits and made assurances on the 20-year-old’s professionalism, per Juan Jimenez of AS:  “This question surprises me a bit. […]

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Is Ernesto Valverde spoiling Ousmane Dembele’s value at Barcelona, asks Terry Gibson

Terry Gibson says Ousmane Dembele’s value might have halved in one season as the big-money signing struggles to force his way into Ernesto Valverde’s plans at Barcelona. The 20-year-old became the second most expensive transfer in history last summer when Barca paid Borussia Dortmund €105million (£96.8m) for his services, but he was an unused substitute […]