Valverde asking for more Barcelona credit after unbeaten runApril 17, 2018
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has asked for more credit to be directed at his side after they remain unbeaten in La Liga.
The Catalan side broke Real Sociedad’s La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten with the 2-1 win over Valencia at the weekend, leaving Valverde’s side on the verge of a record breaking league title.
With the prospect of Valencia losing midweek, Barca can wrap up the title if they win their next two games – putting pressure on Tuesday’s game at the Balaidos.
Speaking ahead of the fixture against Celta, Valverde spoke about his side’s record – asking for more praise.
“If there was only a point between the top two, the winners would be given a lot more value for a title,” Valverde told reporters.
“So yes, I think it is something to do with the position we are in and the lead we have, but we prefer not to focus on this.
“The important thing is to win the league but if we can do so without losing then that would be fantastic, as no side has done that before.
“But equally that shows how difficult it is and we still have a lot more work to do before we can start to think about that.
“The double is exciting too and we have a chance of doing that, but we must always remember that as things stand, we have done nothing yet.
“Celta will be tough, especially because (Celta Coach, Juan Carlos) Unzue knows our players and he knows how to do damage to this team, which will be an advantage for them.
“Our recent record at that stadium is not on my mind although I am aware of them, but they were very good in home games against Sevilla and Real Madrid this season, and us in the Copa.”
Celta missed the chance to close the gap on Villarreal for the final Europa League spot after their 1-0 away defeat to Leganes on the weekend, whilst Barca proved too strong for Los Che with goals from Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti.
For the home side, captain Hugo Mallo and the influential Pablo Hernandez are out due to suspension. Nemanja Radoja will partner Stanislav Lobotka in the centre of midfield, whilst Facundo Roncaglia will slot in at right back.
Barca have chose to rest Ivan Rakitic as the Croatian midfielder is suffering from a broken finger. Paulinho should replace him, whilst Nelson Semedo and Thomas Vermaelen are expected to get a start.