Ernesto Valverde: Iniesta is irreplaceable

Ernesto Valverde: Iniesta is irreplaceable

The best quotes from the Barça manager's final pre-game press conference of the season

On the game against Real Sociedad:

“It will be a celebration. We need to compete as we want to finish the year well. It is an important game for all blaugranas because of what Andrés Iniesta means and we want to end with a victory"

On the departing Andrés Iniesta:

"We won't get a replica of Andrés Iniesta. We have players like Denis Suárez, Aleñá or Coutinho, who are similar but a little more attack-minded. All of us will have to make up for his absence together" 

On the importance of Busquets:

“He is very important as he gives us balance. I am confident he will stay with us.”

On Lionel Messi:

“Messi has a lot of games under his belt and has played even when he had some niggles. Now is the time to let him relax a little. He has helped us a lot throughout the season.”

On the team’s grade for the season:

“I'll give the team a good grade as it has been a long and hard campaign. Overall it has been an excellent campaign and we should be happy. We have learnt from our problems and taken steps forward. We have won the double and we have to be pleased with that."

On opportunities for La Masia players:

“The first team coach has to make sure Barça is moving forward while thinking about the history and tradition of the academy. We have lots of talent in the youth teams, like Aleñá and Riqui Puig. They are the future. I want them the youngsters to think of Barça as the best place for their future.”

On the future:

“Predictions can come true or not. I don’t like to predict. I like my squad not to be too big as we have a second team and we need to leave space for the younger players to have opportunities.”

On the plan for next season:

“To try and win everything!”

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