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Ernesto Valverde feels fine and wants to continue in Camp Nou

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde feels ‘fine’ even after humiliating defeat against Liverpool in UCL semifinal.

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Valverde feels 'fine' even as pressure mount on him after UCL debacle. Photo: AP

The 2-1 loss to Valencia in the Copa del Rey sees the Catalans end the season with just one trophy, LaLiga, when just 20 days earlier it had looked like they would win three. History books will not remember that Barca were three games away from a treble contributed by Valverde.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he feels “fine” and wants to continue in the Camp Nou hot seat. Valverde spoke about how he was feeling in the post-match press conference and says the team failed to fulfil expectations.

“I feel fine. When you win, obviously you feel much better, much happier – but this is a different feeling to [Liverpool], even though we’ve lost again.

”We have not been able to fulfill the expectations that we’ve created throughout the season. A month ago, we celebrated the La Liga title thinking about winning a Treble and we’ve been knocked off that path at the decisive moment. We’re here to win trophies, nothing else.

”But I am fine, I am fine […] When managers lose, we always want to make amends and turn things around. There is no doubt about that. I know losing is tough. Something was lacking. That responsibility [I have] is difficult, but you have to accept it.”

The defeat will pile even more pressure on Valverde ahead of what could be a summer of big changes at the Camp Nou. Dembele and Suarez will return and the former has great potential – although his injury record remains a drama. Providing he can sort out his fitness, the French winger has a huge part to play in future, but Barca need to replace their striker. The Uruguayan is 32, has a troublesome knee, and is in decline.

Valverde is keen to sign Antoine Griezmann, although there is division at Barca over the Frenchman’s arrival. In midfield, Frenkie de Jong’s signing will rejuvenate the team and should also improve the play, helping Barca recover some of the style with which the club is associated.

But is Valverde the man to lead the club forward? At this point, there is no real clear candidate to succeed him, but sometimes a change is best for all concerned. An interesting summer lies ahead at Camp Nou.

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