Speaking after today’s 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon, Barça boss Ernesto Valverde said “we got stuck into the game well. We dominated the first half and the start of the second. We couldn’t finish off the game, so we suffered somewhat, and so we’re happy to have got another win from a crucial game against a difficult opponent.”

On the Group D standings:

“Sporting are a great side and we found it hard to get our game going at first. This competition is over quick and there are still some direct encounters to go, so nothing is decided. Sporting still have every chance to qualify.”

On Luis Suárez:

“We play the way we do so that our strikers can score and that’s what Luis does."

On Sergi Roberto:

“He’s a midfielder who can play at full back or on the wing. Today we wanted him helping in attack and defence and he did both. He helps me to keep the lines together.”

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