"We fought well and had to change our way of playing because of the circumstances. That's why we value the draw very much, because everything was going against us." Those were the words of Ernesto Valverde in his press conference after the 1-1 draw at the RCDE Stadium. A torrential downpour left puddles of water on the pitch, complicating the game for the Blaugrana, who also had to come from behind after a goal by Gerard Moreno.

"We thought the pitch would be ok, but at halftime we saw that it could become dangerous. Therefore, we had to try long balls and more strategic plays, but in the end, Piqué's goal arrived," said Valverde, who considered the Catalan central defender as a player "who assumes responsibilities in these types of matches."

It’s a game in which Leo Messi didn’t start but still made a vital contribution, floating in the free-kick from which Piqué scored. "We have a lot of matches ahead and that's why I gave Messi rest. It was already agreed,” Valverde told reporters when asked.

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