Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has suggested that he is more focused on getting back on track rather than Barça’s unbeaten record in the league.
All hope is not lost for Barcelona as they made La Liga history on Saturday. The Catalans recorded a 2-1 victory against Valencia and became the first team to break Real Sociedad’s 38-game unbeaten run in the league. And though this is a huge positive for the club, Barça boss Ernesto Valverde believes that it was more important for the team to pick themselves up after the disappointing loss against Roma rather than worrying about the record.
During a post-match news conference, Valverde said:“This wasn’t a week to think about records, to be honest. We don’t give it much importance. It was vital that we picked ourselves up after a difficult week.”
This week was one to forget as Barcelona were left shattered after the quarter-final tie against Roma. The Blaugrana managed a 4-1 lead in the first leg only to lose to the Italians in a 3-0 loss in the second leg which allowed Roma to progress on the away goals rule.
“As for the records, it’s normal that these players keep on breaking records. But it was a fundamental win in many senses. I am happy first of all with the three points. It was 10 points needed to win the league, now it’s seven with just 18 to play for. I’m also happy because of the week we’ve had.
The atmosphere around the club this week has been a little gloomy and we needed to put the brakes on that and stand up and be counted. In that sense, I have to congratulate the players because it’s not easy after the huge disappointment they had.”
Barcelona still has a chance to salvage their season by becoming the first team to win La Liga with an unbeaten record. Moreover, a Copa Del Rey final against Sevilla will also be on the Catalans agenda and they will look to secure the double at the end of the season.
Barcelona’s response against Valencia was just what they needed after a tough week. The next match against Celta Vigo will be critical for the Catalans, and they will hope to forget the defeat to Roma and achieve the double.