It’s hard to believe that 100 days on, with all the things going wrong for Barça in August, we are reflecting on the hugely successful start to Valverde’s reign at the Catalan club. In just the past few months, Neymar left the club, Dembélé joined – then got injured – the city went through terrorist attacks and now a political crisis that is still ongoing.
But, despite all the obstacles, Barcelona are sitting comfortably at the top of La Liga. Up until last week’s draw away at Athletico Madrid, Barcelona had not dropped a single point. They are now five points clear of their rivals in Madrid, who are sitting in 3rd place.
Valverde has appealed for caution, as it is still early in the season and realistically anything can happen at this point. “The results favour us, but what matters is to be calm when things go good and bad,” said Valverde. “We know Barca is an enormous club and moves in extremes. Our intention is to maintain that calm because that works for us.”
Bartomeu is happy with Valverde’s positive impact. Especially, as some fans are still calling for the Barcelona President’s resignation. Having a winning team is easing a lot of that pressure. This week, Bartomeu commented, “[Valverde] has made the Camp Nou and the members fall in love with him.”
The next match for the BlauGrana pits the top of La Liga against the bottom. Barcelona face Málaga at home on Saturday. Málaga are in desperate need of a win as they have only one point so far this season. But, it’s unlikely they are going to take any points home from the trip to Camp Nou.