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Name Ernesto Valverde
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Football Coach
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Club as Coach Barcelona FC
  Athletic Bilbao

2009 08 09 Retrieve

[Espanyol’s former coach, Ernesto Valverde, led the club to the UEFA Cup Final in 2007 and remembers Daniel Jarque as one of the most important players in his squad] I have not yet been able to take in the news, I cannot understand it. He was a a super strong player, super healthy and very important in the dressing room, but life can bring cruel surprises. It is very difficult to take in.

2017 06 03 Retrieve

[During his unveiling as the new Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde revealed his ideas for getting the best out of Lionel Messi next season] He’s a decisive player wherever he plays. It’s one thing to see him from the other side, but it will be another thing to see him in training and witness what he can do – I have never coached a player of his calibre. Sometimes, it can be true that he’s on the wing a little too much, perhaps, but that is something I will have to study and see if I can improve

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde speaks about Messi’s performance after their 3-0 win over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League] I have suffered against Messi many times; now I am lucky enough to have him on my team. When he has the ball you always believe that anything can happen – good things for us. It’s not just about his goals, either, but his all round involvement. You can put Messi in any position and he can score goals. His quality is always the same wherever he is. It doesn’t matter if he’s on the wing or in the middle, he’s always connected to the play

2017 11 29 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde insists he is not worried about Gerard Deulofeu despite another disappointing performance in Barcelona’s 5-0 Copa del Rey defeat of Real Murcia] He has tried from the first moment. It’s true that in the end he was anxious because he wanted to score, or put a move together, and sometimes when you try too hard at something it is more complicated. But, aside from that, his effort has its positive side. I’m not worried, he’s okay. He doesn’t have any physical problems, he’s not sick. He’s okay

[Valverde handed a first start to 18-year-old midfielder Oriol Busquets and introduced David Costas for Gerard Pique early in the second half, and the former Athletic Bilbao tactician was pleased with their performances] They did very well. In the case of David, I planned to play him, especially because Pique wanted me to play him for 50 minutes. In the case of Oriol; he’s a player that I think can help us. He’s still very young, but I think he did very well. I took him off because I didn’t want to have four B team players on the pitch, just in case. [Carles] Alena also did very well and [Jose] Arnaiz scored again, so I’m very happy.

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde talks about Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis in La Liga] You have to enjoy him. We have been able to live his era. I have suffered because of him and I know what that is like. Now I can enjoy it. It is an event to watch him every day. He is the best player there is and there ever will be

2019 04 16 Retrieve

[From world champion to broken and error-prone - Samuel Umtiti’s miserable season] [Umtiti] has been out of action for a long time and the defensive line is playing at a really great level. What Umtiti has to do is work hard and focus on getting back to his best. He’s keen to contributew

2019 05 04 Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde on Lionel Messi, after the club won their eighth La Liga title in 11 years] There’s always one man above everyone else and that’s Messi

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann faces a learning curve at Barcelona but Ernesto Valverde was pleased with the glimpses of class he saw on Tuesday] Griezmann has to get used to Barcelona’s play. It’s easy to see how dangerous he is with the ball. He has bad intentions always for the rival. We need a lot from him but it’s the first match. He has to see how we pressure and dominate rivals, but it’s the first match

[Valverde felt his players being behind Chelsea in their preparations was a key factor in the loss] We started in the right way both halves with a different 11 starters. We were better the first 15 minutes. It was the first match for us, the fourth for Chelsea and we paid for that. The good thing is to see how the new and young players can play. It was a good test in order to compete because it’s different from training

[Valverde, who overcame the destabilising impact of the Brazil forward leaving Camp Nou to join Paris Saint-Germain at the start of his reign] Neymar is another club’s player, so I don’t want to say many things for a player who belongs to another team

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[With Barca needing to cut salary, and Inter interested, Rakitic seems destined for an exit, with even coach Ernesto Valverde saying of his situation] Time moves on for us allss

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde was heartened by new charge Antoine Griezmann’s pre-season debut despite his side’s defeat to Chelsea] He has to get used to the game of the team, but you can see that when he gets the ball he is very dangerous. He is bad news for the opponents and we expect a lot from him, but this was just his first game

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Fati had need not have worried about his first-team chances, as he debuted in Ernesto Valverde’s side before he had even made his reserve-team bow] He has a lot of self-confidence, goes to space, faces one-on-one. He is the youngest player I’ve ever handed a debut, but as with veterans, we look at performance, he can give us good performances and that’s why I gave him his debut

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[The away win comes days after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) postponed El Clasico – the match Barcelona and Real Madrid later this month at the Camp Nou – due to the ongoing protests] In the end, the top players always end up playing well together and learn how they need to play to get the best out of each other. They participated a lot and worked very well together and today we got what we deserved

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Vidal is widely believed to be keen on leaving Camp Nou during the current transfer window, but Barca manager Ernesto Valverde said he wasn’t considering any potential exit] We’re not thinking about him going to another team. We’ll see tomorrow [Thursday]. In principle he’s with us. No clues. Arturo Vidal plays for us… we don’t pay any attention to other clubs being interested in our players

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Valverde ‘turning the page’ on Barcelona chapter amid Abidal controversy] I don’t think about that. If I have been unfairly treated, I have to avoid it. It’s about turning the page. In the end, we are thinking about what has happened and why. We’re going to look forward, I don’t have to look back.

[Sporting director Eric Abidal sparked a row with Lionel Messi and chaos at Camp Nou last week as he suggested Barcelona players were not working hard enough for Valverde before the head coach’s exit] Why did I leave? It is not a question for me. This is a part of our trade that you have to accept. Would I like it to be different? Yes, of course

I was incredibly fortunate to coach Barca. I have been there as a player. I know what it means when you go to a club of this calibre. I am delighted to have been there.

When you sign the contract, you know that you are important at the club and, from there, decide the results. We know that the coach is responsible for the players’ performances

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Barcelona’s Matchday documentary] When they ask you you about the Barca objectives, what the goals for the year are… it’s always the same. We must win, always