LaLiga Santander: Valverde: Barcelona aren’t champions yet
LaLiga Santander Doesn’t want any premature celebrations
Despite enjoying a nine-point lead with five games left to play, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists that it is not yet time for LaLiga Santander celebrations for his team.
A 2-1 win over Real Sociedad means that the Catalan club could tie up the title this week, though Valverde is still focused on what lies ahead.
“Today was always going to be a very important game and we have nine points left until we’re champions, but it’s very difficult to win,” he insisted.
“I know that people already say that we are champions, but we’re not.
“We have to go game by game to win until the end.
“This isn’t over, not until we get to the last game is everything done.
“It will always be difficult.”
“When there is a game like the one against Manchester United, which is the centre of attention, you then have to get back to reactivating the team for another game which is fundamental,” he explained.
“The games after Champions League matches are difficult for us all.
“The game was uncomfortable, as they played well and tried to bring the play out from the back.
“We couldn’t bring it out as we wanted to.
“We lacked a spark and freshness to be able to decide the game, but the goal gave us tranquillity.
“In the second half we were better, but the goal woke them up.
“Fortunately, Jordi Alba‘s goal then arrived.”
The coach also discussed the situation of Philippe Coutinho, who was whistled when he came on.
“I think that there are anecdotal things as everything that goes on at our club becomes very important, but the fans are with Coutinho and Coutinho is with the fans,” he said.