Ernesto Valverde happy to give squad playing time

Ernesto Valverde happy to give squad playing time

The Barça coach underlined the importance of the workout against Nàstic with regards to dividing up the minutes for his team

“It was a game in which we defended well and competed well. That will be good because we will have games like this in the future. The objective was for players to pick up minutes.” That was how Ernesto Valverde summed up the game against Nàstic in the Nou Estadi in Tarragona.

Aside from the result, the Barça boss explained how the early goal caught his team cold but went on to say he was happy with the amount of chances created in the second half. Valverde also touched on the departure of Neymar, admitting “everyone is free to follow their own path. We would like him to be here but we wish him all the best.”

On the day of his debut following his return to the Club, Gerard Deulofeu said he was ready to face new challenges. “I am feeling good after training hard for the last three weeks in Barcelona,” revealed the winger before adding that he is looking forward to stepping out on the Camp Nou turf on Monday for the Gamper game against Chapecoense.

Former Nástic Tarragona player also spoke after facing the club where he spent a season in 2008/09. “I am really happy to have come back here to play again,” said the Barça full back. 

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