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In his analysis of the year that’s just ended, Ernesto Valverde discussed a number of names from his squad – and here are some of the standout quotes from the FC Barcelona manager.
“What I’d most highlight about Leo Messi is his huge sense of responsibility for the team. It shows in every game in every competition.”
“What he does is not only difficult, but he does it again and again … That takes enormous mental strength. I have never known anyone with such an amazing competitive spirit.”
“He knew La Liga already, and that always helps for getting used to the rhythm of matches, even though our club is a little different.”
“He needed to learn about the way we bring the ball forward from defence, getting used to playing with space behind him… With the problems we’ve had at the back this year he has become an indispensable part of the squad.”
“He didn’t know La Liga and had been playing at a different rhythm, but he’s slotted into the team perfectly. His style is absolutely moulded to the way Barça always plays.”
"He’s a strong competitor. He’s played in big leagues and is used to big games like these. Arturo plays exactly the same whether it’s against Real Madrid or against Cultural Leonesa”
“We have always said what a talented player he is. We wanted to see that talent on the pitch. And this year we’re getting to see a lot of what he has to offer, but I am still hoping that there’s even more.”
Click on the video to see the full interview with the FC Barcelona coach.