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Posté le: Mer 18 Avr - 07:28 (2018) Sujet du message: Barcelona news: Ernesto Valverde makes SHOCK claim after Cel
sbobet asiaAnd that’s because they extended their unbeaten La Liga run to 40 La Liga games - extending their new record - with an away point. That’s the claim from Barca boss Ernesto Valverde after a much-changed side minus the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Iniesta and Pique drew 2-2 away at mid-table Celta.
The visitors twice took the lead through Ousmane Dembele and Paco Alcacer but were pegged back by Jonny Castro and Iago Aspas, with the second equaliser coming after substitute Sergio Roberto was sent off for the Catalan giants. Celta pushed for a late winner but an under-strength Barca, who brought on Messi from the bench after an hour, maintained their unbeaten record and remain just six points away from the league title.
Barca, who surpassed Real Sociedad's previous best of 38 league games without defeat by beating Valencia last weekend, can win the league against rivals Real Madrid if they beat Deportivo La Coruna later this month. And Valverde believes such a lengthy run without defeat - which includes 33 games of this season and the final seven fixtures of 2016-17 - means they should be pleased with themselves.
“I wouldn't call it a good result because we always want to win, but we have to settle with what we've got,” the Spaniard, whose side disastrously crashed out of the Champions League last week, declared. “Each team had their moments. The first half was especially open. “I think that when we were at our best, the red card came [on 70 minutes] and we had to change things around. We had to suffer late on, but it's another point and now we just need two wins to be champions.” sbobet asia
Valverde was criticised for his rotation ahead of Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla (8.30pm) but Valverde felt his team was still strong enough to win at the Balaidos Stadium. He added: “When we played here in January, in the Copa del Rey, we also made a lot of changes. This week, keeping in mind the games we've had recently and the cup final on Saturday, I wanted to make some changes.
"Making a lot of changes always comes with risks, but I thought it was the right moment to take them on. I think we're in good shape for Saturday's game now. So let's see if we can give our supporters joy [with a trophy]. "The players put in a huge effort tonight which came with certain risks. But we were able to create lots of chances and we were on top in the final minutes. I think we deserved to win the game.
"Celta always generate many opportunities and play with many people up-front. "I think in the second half we dominated until the red card. And it is true that they had several [chances] to score the third. "Luckily it was not like that and we are still unbeaten and a little closer to [the] La Liga [title]. We have to give ourselves credit because to continue unbeaten at this point is an incredible achievement." sbobet asia