Just 11 minutes of speech. Sufficient to maintain that Valverde is not discussed. Just 11 minutes in which Josep Maria Bartomeu, the president of Barcelona, wanted to address the Senat of the club with a very powerful message. Believe in the technician, despite the fall in Anfield ("we fully trust him", he said), and has a "sense of pride" of the football team, which has conquered the league and faces Valencia on Saturday in the Cup final del Rey "in search of the ninth double in club history".
Bartomeu considers Valverde untouchable, although he does not forget that Barça was devastated in the semifinals of the Champions League. "We were eliminated in a way that has generated many disappointments to all, disappointment shared by players and coaches", admitted the Barça coach wondering "what part of Barcelona can feel dissatisfied" after having "won the League with an indisputable authority" .
Bartomeu: "Vull fer a unanimous crusade to focus on the Copa final. We can not desmerèixer that títol." Surely, you, senadors, who know how to value the cost of guiling a title, ho enteneu millor que ningu " pic.twitter.com/S0lktYN7b9
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In that sense, Bartomeu found a reason "Surely since 2004 we have become accustomed to winning and the defeat in Anfield, with the memory of Rome, still very present, has caused that disappointment, but you," he said, addressing the senators and senators "know that they cost a lot to win and that our history is forged of victories and defeats because Barça is a club forged in perseverance ".
"Winning the League has an extraordinary merit, whatever those who try to demean it say" (Bartomeu)
There, the president wanted to "vindicate the pride I feel for the football team, for what we got on the pitch and for what we broadcast outside." Then, he started in his analysis. "Winning the League has an extraordinary merit, whatever those who try to demean it say." Has explained Bartomeu that "to value the League is perfectly compatible with internal self-criticism, essential after the elimination of the Champions", but that does not mean that "we should not value the spectacular jump of Barça, if we want to give continuity to this time of success we have done with the long look ".
"We fully trust Valverde" (Bartomeu)
In that sense, the leader of Barcelona has indicated that "the season has been good", before stopping at the figure of Ernesto Valverde. "I want to put value to someone who discreetly, with respect and from the intelligence is managing our team, I mean Ernesto Valverde, in whom we fully trust", looking for the team to close with the double (League and Cup) as he did last year, the first with the 'Txingurri'. He did not stay there. He also remembered that Valverde "the progressive incorporation of new values is managed".
(tagsToTranslate) Ernesto Valverde (t) Champions (t) Josep Maria Bartomeu (t) Liga Santander