NewslettersSign inAPP
spainSPAINargentinaARGENTINAchileCHILEcolombiaCOLOMBIAusaUSAmexicoMEXICOperuPERUlatin usaLATIN USAamericaAMERICA


Valverde: "Griezmann's a great player but I'm happy with the ones I've got"

The Barça coach praised the Atlético star whilst supporting his own squad: “We have talent to spare” and warned about the dangers Saturday's rivals Leganés pose.

17/11/17 Sant Joan Desp’  Barcelona
 Entrenamiento FC Barcelona previo 
 jornada 12 
 Leganes vs FC Barcelona
 Lucas Digne (FC Barcelona) cpnversa con Ernesto Valverde coach (FC Barcelona)
 Foto Fernando Zueras

Ernesto Valverde previewed tomorrow's trip to Butarque where his Barça side will be taking on Leganés and also touched on other current issues concerning the Blaugranas.

Where do you see the main threat coming from tomorrow?
What concerns us most about Leganés is that they concede few goals. They've only conceded in one of the five games they've played at home. They seem to be on a similar roll to Girona. They are a very cohesive, cooperative side who believe in what they're doing and the proof of that is how they've started the campaign. The enthusiasm they have runs right the way through their squad. They'll be looking to win this as they have a few tough games coming up in the run-up to Christmas. A lot is in play for us in all of these three games we have away from home.

Full screen

Valverde, reserved on Barcelona's transfer plans

Several names have been mentioned in the press. Do Barça really need to sign someone in the January window?
Fifteen days without football can seem like a long time. I'm relaxed about it - we have to focus on the league and take no notice of what is being said in the media. It's the same old ‘What did I tell you’ syndrome whenever there is a new signing. But at the moment, it's just rumours.

Has Thomas Vermaelen's time come?
We have very good central defenders but you can never predict the circumstances you will go through during a season. You always have injury problems when you least expect them. That's why we have a large squad. We'll see which centre-backs get to play tomorrow - we have faith in the ones who are available.

Full screen
Alejandro GarcíaEFE

Barcelona not thinking about Valencia

Seeing as the next league game is at Mestalla, is this the moment to rest Piqué or Umtiti?
If we start thinking about the Valencia game now and not tomorrow's, we'll be halfway to losing.

A win tomorrow would put Barça provisionally 11 points head. What result would suit you?
Tomorrow, there's an important game at Atlético Madrid's ground but for us, the most important game in the capital on Saturday is ours. You have to remember that, after this weekend's games, there are 26 more to get through and whatever the distance between us and our rivals at this stage is irrelevant.

How is Luis Suárez?
He's fine, he's recovered. Last week he underwent preventative treatment and he's no longer experiencing pain. He's been training hard; he'll play tomorrow because he's in good shape.

Valdeverde says Barcelona are "overflowing with talent"

Full screen
Alejandro GarcíaEFE

Do you think Griezmann would fit in at Barça?
He's a great player but I'm happy with the ones I have right now - we've got talent to spare. As for the future, we'll see what happens.

Is Denis Suárez on the market?
He's one more player in the squad. He's played some games, and not others. I have him in mind for the positions I've fielded him in. After that, it all depends on his performances and other circumstances. He's doing well. But if something comes out in a newspaper, it's not really for me to comment...

They say that it's at grounds like Leganés, that leagues are won or lost...
We have our wits about us for these kinds of games, and especially for their coach. The one who really needs to be on his guard is the coach. It was at this kind of stadium where we lost points last season. Maybe there's less glamour playing in Leganés than there is at other grounds but the points to be taken are the same. And away from home we've had problems. We struggled to beat Getafe, Girona, Alavés.

Yesterday, it was three months since the Supercup defeat at the Bernabéu. Back then, Real Madrid looked invincible. How can you assess everything that's changed in these last three months?
It's gone well, we're top of the table and we're happy. It looked like Real Madrid were going to go on and win everything and we were saying then that they didn't look like they would lose. Let's not forget that we have lost games too.

Full classification
Upcoming matches

Full classification
Upcoming matches

To be able to comment you must be registered and logged in. Forgot password?