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Name Ernesto Valverde
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Club as Coach Barcelona FC
  Athletic Bilbao
  Villarreal
  Espanyol

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

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has moved to quell speculation that Lionel Messi might be ready to quit the game imminently] It’s something natural, he’s 32 years old. I don’t think he’s going to retire tomorrow or in three days, but when you get past 30, you see that the end is nearer. The subject is given too much thought

Sometimes it doesn’t let you enjoy every day. It’s something that you will value over time. In many years’ time, I’ll be able to look back and say that I coached Messi

Everything can happen very fast. If you play a bad game like against Leganes, it feels like we’re very bad, but three days later we beat Borussia Dortmund and are suddenly very good again. We’re at a key moment of the season. We’re strong and we don’t want to stop being that way

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde opened the door for Arturo Vidal’s departure in January] Vidal is our player. We are happy with him. There are so many rumours. We will see tomorrow if he plays or not. And when the January transfer window arrives, we will see what happens. There’s a lot of things going on in January but it’s true that we have a lot of midfielders. Some have played more than others but all of them are needed

[Ivan Rakitic is another midfielder, whose future with Barcelona is up in the air as the Croatia international eyes regular football] Ivan Rakitic’s a reliable player in a lot of ways. In the same way that there have been moments when he has not featured, he has continued training [with the same intensity] to seize his opportunity. He’s played at a good level [in the last two games] and we’re happy with that. We’ll see what happens in the next few games. He has emerged in a difficult period

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde said Lionel Messi’s record-breaking hat-trick was a good way to celebrate the Ballon d’Or] Unbelievable. It was a good way to celebrate the Ballon d’Or

[On Suarez’s 43rd-minute goal] The situation took me by surprise. I thought it was a pass to a team-mate. It surprised me, but it was an extraordinary goal. I told him that there had been a few easier chances and this one, which was improbable, went in

2019 12 08b Retrieve

[Valverde admitted he was surprised to see Suarez to score such a stunning back-heel goal] The situation took me by surprise. I thought it was a pass to a team-mate. It surprised me, but it was an extraordinary goal. I told him that there had been a few easier chances and this one, which was improbable, went in

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Valverde clarifies Argentine’s Inter absence ahead of crucial Clasico] Messi getting rest. Nothing more. We come from important games and we have important games and I have decided that some players do not come. Last year we played a great game here. Without Messi, by the way

[Asked what he expects from Inter this time around] The best. They are the leaders of Serie A and in the first match they played a great game. They are making a great start to the championship, but in the end you have to compete. We come here to compete, but knowing that they have a great team

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde has hailed Lautaro Martinez as a great player] He is a great player and he’s having a great season. He is quick and strong. He scored a great goal in the first game at the Camp Nou. I know he is comfortable with [Romelu] Lukaku, they’ve found the right mechanism to help Inter. As for Lautaro being similar to Luis Suarez, they are a little different but both are born goalscorers. But Intermilan have so many good players, Lautaro, Lukaku, Milan Skriniar

[Valverde made it clear the Argentine superstar was just being rested with the team in the midst of a taxing schedule] Messi is getting rest. Nothing more. We come from important games and we have important games [coming up] and I have decided that some players do not come. Last year we played a great game here - without Messi, by the way

2019 12 10b Retrieve

[Coach Ernesto Valverde also spoke of the two goal scorers and was particularly thrilled by Ansu Fati’s record as he found a way to fire despite not being completely fit] Carles Perez has the nose for more goals and strikes the ball really nicely. Ansu is a born scorer and, although he’s had some niggling pain, we wanted him to have some minutes. That it’s a Barca lad who’s the youngest ever scorer in this competition delights us

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde described Ansu Fati as a born scorer] They [Fati and Perez] are two players who have reached the first team this year. Young players, very young in the case of Ansu. The game was complicated, especially for Carles Perez because they had an experienced defence and he started, but he has a goal because he hits the ball well. Ansu has been going through some physical difficulty, with some discomfort, but he is a born scorer

[Valverde talked up the importance of the Champions League to the Catalans, who last lifted the trophy in 2015] We have a very big obligation with our club and with this competition. We have shown that you have to win everywhere and today’s game was not going to be an exception

[Valverde wants to see more from his team, who make the trip to Real Sociedad on Saturday] We are fine, but I like to see everything in a more continuous way. At first we had difficulties. This group phase has been difficult for us. We suffered to overcome Inter, to win at Slavia [Prague]. But we are here and we have a tremendous challenge with three games in a week and we want to close well

2019 12 11b Retrieve

[Messi was rested for that mid-week encounter with Barca coach Ernesto Valverde stressing that his non-selection wasn’t an issue] Messi getting rest. Nothing more. We come from important games and we have important games and I have decided that some players do not come. Last year we played a great game here - without Messi, by the way

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Valverde hails ‘historic’ Pedro as talk of Barcelona return builds] He’s an historic Barca player - let’s not kid ourselves. He’s one of the players to win the most titles with this club, but he plays for another club now. We have to respect players at other clubs. We’ll see what might happen in the future

[Rakitic struggled for game time early in the season and even admitted his situation was causing him to fall out of love with football] He’s playing well, as is everybody else. We’re in a clinical time of the season and we’ve found some good form. When it’s the summer window, people start asking what happens, then you get to breathe a bit and then it’s the winter market. We have to deal with the challenges we have with the players we have. Rakitic has missed lots of games but he’s playing more games now, and if he’s doing that, it’s because he’s playing well

[Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed after his side’s defeat to Barca that Vidal was of interest to them] How can I respond to information that comes or doesn’t come from us? This information came from Inter. They will know. In our case, the market has not yet opened. Arturo is our player and we’ll need him if we think it convenient

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde declined to be critical of referee Javier Alberola Rojas follwong two penalty decisions against Barcelona in their 2-2 draw away to Real Sociedad in La Liga] From the bench you see the game with the shirt of your team on. The penalty to Pique? I have not seen it repeated but I will say that it is a penalty and that the Busquets one was not. I guess the coach of la Real will say the opposite

[Valverde highlighted the fact his side had faced a stiff opponent in fourth-placed Sociedad] We had a great team in front of us that is having a great season. The game was very intense in every way. What do you think? We are dying here, on the bench, and are we going to think about the Clasico? You think about what you have in front of you

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde insists Napoli will be dangerous opponents in the Champions League last 16] Napoli are a dangerous team. Clearly, they’re not going through their best moment. They’ve had a change of coach and they’ll have to adapt bit by bit. We’ll see how they are and how everyone is heading into February, but without a doubt, we’ll have to prepare for the tie really well. It’ll be a strong atmosphere, with a big stadium, one of those where the fans are very close. But that’s fine. In that sense, we’re used to playing in front of atmospheres of this kind and it’ll be beautiful to experience everything in general around Naples as a city

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde explained Sergio Busquets was a late omission from Barcelona’s Clasico line-up against Real Madrid due to a fever] It is true that Busquets was feeling bad, he had a fever, before the game. We thought we could have used him in the second half but not in the end. The coach makes the decision based on what he sees

It was a very disputed match in which there were phases for both teams. They squeezed us high and created problems with high balls. That’s where we’ve suffered

[On Madrid’s high pressing] We expected this. In the end they are situations of individual duels that you must solve. Sometimes we have achieved it and sometimes not

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Clasico turns violent with nine arrested as police and fans clash outside Camp Nou] There was tension in the game and I noticed when some yellow balls fell down. But nothing more. We tried to give a sense of normality

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Barcelona not expecting January sales amid Jean-Clair Todibo & Arturo Vidal transfer talk] I’m really happy with the players I’ve got. I don’t expect any modifications.

[Sergio Busquets missed the goalless draw with Real Madrid because of illness] I hope so; he trained normally today. The fever seems to have gone away, he should be able to play

[The fallout from a Clasico stalemate with the Blancos continues to rumble on in Spain] People will always be talking after Clasicos - this was one where we had a two-month build up to it and the post-Clasico debates will always be intense. Some people play football on the pitch, some are in the press room, we’ve all got to eat! That’s what our jobs are. I really don’t like getting involved in these discussions, there’s nothing to be gained. Controversies are always going to be part of football

[Valverde stressed that the use of technology will never bring an end to the controversies] We have talked about this before, with VAR the polemics won’t end. It is united to football, is in many conversations, many previews and post matches, social gatherings. Sometimes we forget that the VAR is here to help the referee but it’s the referee who judges. Sometimes one club complains, sometimes others. I have the feeling that 2020 will remain the same

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde paid tribute to Lionel Messi for his innate ability to make a decisive impact following a wonderful goal in 4-1 win over Deportivo Alaves on Saturday] All matches require a lot. When they scored, they were spurred on and they had the chance to equalise, but Leo scored a great goal and things are seen in a different way from there. I think we played the game well, I would say the first half was very good, then we had less momentum at the beginning of the second. We got a boost with the third goal. These things happen with Messi. We see it all the time. Something like that can happen, and it’s a huge advantage that we have Messi. Leo appears and makes you a goal from anywhere

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde has admitted he admires Dani Olmo as Barcelona continue to be linked with a big-money move for the Dinamo Zagreb winger] He is a player that has been here before. He’s a good footballer but he’s with another team and I don’t talk about speculation. We have to be cautious

[Barcelona will be without Carles Alena for the rest of the season after the midfielder moved on loan to Real Betis] It’s true that Alena has left. I didn’t think it would happen so soon, but he had an option to leave because his contract said so. Now we have one player less in this position and we will see what happens. I’m not thinking about more departures, we’ll count on what we have

[Abelardo took over from Pablo Machin, becoming Espanyol’s third boss of the season, with a remit to rescue the team from the foot of the table] When you have a change of coach you always look for a reaction. They’re wanting to start the second half of the season with a coach who has experience of these types of situations. I would like them to stay in the Primera

2020 01 05 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde said Frenkie de Jong’s sending-off hurt Barcelona at a crucial moment in their 2-2 derby draw with Espanyol and noted his side’s difficulties in killing off games] We have to fight in every match. We started badly, we managed to come back but unfortunately we went down to 10. They pressed and equalised. Frenkie’s dismissal did us a lot of damage. We were unable to score a third. This is football. It was a very competitive game, a derby with a lot of tension and emotion. If you’re winning and the opponent equalises, you leave with the impression of having lost two points

[Valverde acknowledged his players are capable of digging their way out of difficult situations but thinks they have struggled to go for the jugular when it matters] In a lot of games, we cash in first. We managed to take the lead in four away games, whereas in other games we managed to come from behind. We have a reaction capacity, but we are not always able to kill the match. The sending-off affected the match

2020 01 08 Retrieve

[Barcelona’s team bus gets lost in Jeddah as Supercopa news conference delayed] We certainly know the city a bit better now. There was a little mistake. We went to the stadium where Real Madrid and Valencia play tonight. He realised before we arrived but then there was some traffic, so we were late

[Valverde conceded he preferred the previous Supercopa format] It is a different format than we are used to. It’s a final match and we approach it as a league game, knowing that we are looking for victory and we know how difficult it is to play against Atleti. We already saw it in the league, which we solved in the end. If they [the authorities] give me a choice, I prefer the previous format.

It has always been the first title of the season, the game that opens the season, and I thought it was good. The Supercopa format has been changed and we will see how it is. We must bear in mind that the football we are involved in is an industry, sources of income are sought and in the same way that there are special connotations in this country, there are also in Morocco, where we played last year

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 01 09b Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde says he isn’t feeling the pressure of mounting speculation about his future at the club] Coaches always move with the idea of working hard and giving everything in every game. We know what football is like, that there is always permanent instability. When the results are bad or when you lose, as has happened tonight, I suppose we will talk about this and other things. It’s inevitable but I will do my job

[Barca were also frustrated by VAR as goals from Messi and Gerard Pique were ruled out for handball and offside respectively] We were dominating the game but there are details that you can’t neglect. It was a game that we dominated, we came back after Atletico got the first goal. We had the game in our hands and they turned it around in two plays. The goal to make it 2-2 came after a situation where we did not know how to stop the game. They overloaded us inside with our defence open, had fast players going forward and surprised us with that play. I don’t think we were outplayed but there were two specific situations in a game we had controlled. They hurt us when it seemed like the game was going our way. I loved that the opponent had been ahead and we turned it around, but then it went the other way again

2020 01 09c Retrieve

[Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he is not thinking about Arturo Vidal leaving the La Liga champions amid links to Inter and Manchester United] We’re not thinking about him going to another team. We’ll see tomorrow [Thursday]. In principle he’s with us. No clues

[Pressed on reported interest from England and Italy] Arturo Vidal plays for us and tomorrow he’ll be on the pitch or on the bench. We don’t pay any attention to other clubs being interested in our players

[Valverde signalled his disappointment with the new Supercopa format in Saudi Arabia, accusing organisers of money-grabbing] The bottom line is football has become a business and as a business it looks for income. That’s the reason we are all here. It’s a completely different format to what we’re used to. It was always the first title and the opener of the season and to me that seemed fine. It’s been changed and let’s see, it will be judged once it has happened. It’s interesting, with four good teams, but from a sporting point of view, I’m not sure. We must bear in mind that the football we are involved in is an industry, sources of income are sought and in the same way that there are special connotations in this country, there are also in Morocco, where we played last year

2020 01 09d Retrieve

[Barcelona coach Valverde: Supercopa is only in Saudi Arabia for money] The bottom line is football has become a business and as a business it looks for income. That’s the reason we are all here. It’s a completely different format to what we’re used to. It was always the first title and the opener of the season and to me that seemed fine. It’s been changed and let’s see, it will be judged once it has happened. It’s interesting, with four good teams, but from a sporting point of view, I’m not sure. We must bear in mind that the football we are involved in is an industry, sources of income are sought and in the same way that there are special connotations in this country, there are also in Morocco, where we played last year

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Sacked Valverde wishes Setien well in Barcelona post as he thanks Messi & Co for four trophies] My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two-and-a-half years right from the start. In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as coach.

I would like to thank the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time. I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the club for their support and how they treated me during the two-and-a-half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips.

Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also. All the best to everyone. Visca Barca and Visca Catalonia

2020 01 14b Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde himself has wished Setien luck in a farewell message posted on Barcelona’s official website] Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also

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 02 14 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde not keen on Premier League move] People ask me sometimes ‘How about the Premier League?’ and I say ‘Well actually I’d like to go to Australia. A career in football does not last forever and sometimes you think you have to take the opportunity to live in strange places

I applauded Andres when he told me he going to Japan. I thought ‘Wow, he gets to understand a different culture and different people’, and I am also very interested in Japan. You can take great photos in Japan. There are many places I’d like to go. We’ll see what I end up doing, I haven’t been out of work for very long so I don’t have to decide anything yet, I haven’t got a very clear idea at the moment. It’s possible I’d go somewhere abroad. The truth is I like to do strange things so I wouldn’t rule it out

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

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[Ernesto Valverde says Messi can’t be compared with anyone] Messi can’t be compared with anyone. It’s very difficult to tell him if you’ve seen this or another player when he does things in training that you haven’t seen yourself. Many times, from the touchline, you’re always thinking what can be the best option and, ultimately, he sees it much better than you from on the pitch. Messi is a very easy player to coach because he also has a great impulse with respect to the team. He has a great ambition to win, he always feels such an obligation to the game as for the club. He transmits that to the group and it forces everyone to be at a higher level. Seeing him play is impressive from afar […] but even more so from up close

[Valverde went on to defend how he set up the team during his time at Camp Nou] It’s about trying to be superior to a rival and dominate in the game, which is having more chances than your opponent and they have fewer than you. There are times when you have possession and not chances and without chances, you don’t have that dominance, but to have chances, you have to have the ball. I like being the master of the ball because you take it off your opponent. The question then is if you’re deep or not with that ball. Each person has to see how they feel at ease to be able to get their message across. Ultimately, possession is a way to win a game. It’s a bit magnified by the media, but it’s nothing more than criteria. If you want to be aggressive with the ball, you also have to be aggressive without it. In my case, it’s about wanting to take the initiative of the game and that happens because the opponent don’t want to play.

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is not enamoured with the prospect of La Liga having to play the remainder of the season behind closed doors] A couple of games could maybe be fine, but I don’t know what it’s going to be like to have 100 without a crowd. The first ones will be complicated.

[Valverde thought back to his own fleeting experience of football without spectators] It was horrible. We weren’t ready to play that way. Maybe now everyone is a little more psyched up

These have been hard times, especially because of the concern you have for those closest to you. We’re experiencing something that has never happened before and maybe that’s made us look at people who do more essential jobs. But that does not stop football from being a spectacle that we take a great deal of enjoyment from

It’s been a difficult year for him. He’s been straddling the first team and the bench. It’s been difficult for him. He made a brave decision and I think it’s for the best. He’s a player who’s improved with age and he’s always had good numbers everywhere he’s gone