The Blaugrana coach emphasised the difficulty of attacking Atlético Madrid's defence, who were 'very compact and without spaces'
"We tried to take the weight of the game, controlling their counterattacks and creating danger, but they defended very well and together. We lacked an offensive spark," Ernesto Valverde said at the press conference after the match against Atlético Madrid (1-1). "We didn’t generate as many goalscoring opportunities as in the last league match," he added .
Asked about Dembélé, scorer of the Barça goal, the coach was pleased with his contribution: "Dembélé is very good and has scored important goals. I hope he will help us a lot."
Next are the post-match statements from Sergio Busquets and Rafinha:
"It was a difficult match because we didn't have spaces, but we tried to the end"
"Barça were the only team that looked for the win, but the draw has been the most fair result"
"I'm very proud to have reached 500 matches, winning titles for many years and feeling important within the team"
I think the defeat would've been unfair, we deserved more"
"We are a team that doesn't give up, we fight until the end"