Ernesto Valverde: 'We want to reaffirm our good form'
The Blaugrana coach emphasised that whatever happens in El Clásico, despite the difference between the two teams, 'it will not be definitive in the League'
FC Barcelona are ready to play another El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabéu this Saturday (1.00pm CET beIN LaLiga). With Friday’s training over, Ernesto Valverde announced the squad to travel to Madrid before appearing in front of the media where he assured that: "We want to reaffirm our good form and to play a great match."
Despite the difference of 11 points, the blaugrana coach noted that a win "will not be definitive in the League." It’s been 24 consecutive games since Barça’s last loss, coincidentally at the Bernabéu in the Spanish Super Cup. "We lost those matches in the first half. We have to control this game well and overcome the initial pressure," said Valverde, who also spoke about these issues:
Keys to El Clásico
"We have to be alert to any situation because the smallest detail in these types of games can swing it in your favour. Therefore, we must be very attentive to all aspects."
"We are excited about this match, we come into it at a good time and we are ready to face it."
“They are a very powerful team in their own stadium, have very quick players, and when it seems that you’re playing well and dominating, they can hit you with very fast counterattacks."