FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke to the press following a disappointing night in Cornellà. But that was just the first leg and he hopes to set things straight when the action resumes next Thursday at the Camp Nou.

“I liked my team a lot” he said.  “They had a good attitude and had the game under control, but we didn’t manage to convert the many chances we had. In turn, Espanyol defended well, corrected their mistakes and took their chance.”

“I congratulate them and we’ll meet again in a week’s time”.

“I hope to see the Camp Nou like it was the day against Celta, with the fans behind the team and helping us to mount a comeback. It’ll be a nice game.”

“The Messi penalty may have been the turning point tonight. But the team had never been threatened all game apart from a few dead ball situations.”

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