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Valverde: "They didn't tell me anything about safety in the classic" – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona coach, appeared in the previous game against Real Sociedad. These were the impressions of the Txingurri.

Do you have a feeling this is one of the most complicated games of the season?

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It is always one of the most difficult visits of the team. In the last two years we have won, but we have come from lost years and added that Real are fourth and up, with important players in the future. And last time, we were under a lot of pressure at Camp Nou and found it very difficult to save their pressure. Tomorrow will be a tough game.

Are you already playing Semedo and Alba?

They have been training since the last league match. On Tuesday they did not have the unloading and we hope that today they can unload and enter. They are training well.

More and more details of the classic are known. Would you like to focus on Reina Sofía or Camp Nou if you ask?

We'll see. What we do from Sunday. We are not thinking beyond tomorrow. I know the Classic gets a lot of headlines and a lot of information, but I don't want to decentralize because the Real's three points are the same as against Madrid. I know this is a special situation because it is a postponed match, but let's study it.

Pedro says he wants to go back to Barça. Would it fit you?

Pedro is a historic Barça player, let's not be fooled. One of the players with the most titles in the club. Let's see what the future holds. It is loved by the people.

If for security they tell you that it is wise to focus on the same hotel as Madrid, or to be at Camp Nou. Would it be good?

If, for security reasons, they tell me these things, I'll start thinking about it. They didn't tell me anything about security. Everything in its time.

The classic will play. Do you have this feeling?

Let's play at Donosti and I think the next one will be played too.

Do you already see Rakitic with the idea of ​​staying?

I see him the same way as others. We are playing a lot of things and I know that when we are in the summer market, I know what will happen and everyone asks about the winter market. Ivan has started playing and participating regularly, and if he does, he is winning.

Can you detail what happens to Arthur?

They asked me about him the other day. He came from Brazil with some discomfort, as last year, and after the match with Atletico Madrid, we had to stop him because he had pubic problems. Let's see if we can get it back. For tomorrow, I doubt it is.

What dangers do you see in Real?

Well, he has a plan. Press up, try to retrieve the ball and Merino and Odegaard connect well. Like a block, they are a good team, but from midfield I see them very well.

Is it hard to isolate classic players?

-The truth is that, contrary to what people can imagine, I already know that the classic requires a lot of information, the players are more aware of the next game than the classic. More for what lies ahead. We are not very aware of this and when we have to face it we will think about what will happen on the field, nothing more.

Did you talk about the availability of players to collaborate on the requested security measures?

This is going too far. Let's try not to make too much noise, go out to the field and play the game. We should not go through many questions of the classic, because on Tuesday we will have to talk about something.

How does Ansu take him?

He's fine, calm down. I think there is more noise outside than inside. We are taking care of the player to see if he overcomes the inconvenience he is having. But the rest we carry with absolute normality.

After Barça-Inter, Marotta said he wanted Vidal, but that Vidal will not move from Barça. Does the chapter close?

What can I answer to information that comes out or doesn't leave us? Inter information comes out, they'll know. In our case, the market has not opened, Arturo is our player and we will have it if we consider it convenient.