Sports writing, Sep 16.- Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said Monday in the German town of Dortmund that until Tuesday it will not be decided if Leo Messi, injured since August 5, will play his first game of the course, which coincides with the European premiere of Barça against Borussia at the Signal Iduna Park (21:00 CET).
“A week ago we were not sure if (Messi) came to this game. In the last training he has entered the team well, getting those little pains out of his head, when you start playing without thinking about that, you are fine. It has had a great evolution, “said Barça coach.
Valverde, who expects a “very high level” rival for this Tuesday, a candidate in all competitions and “a great touchstone” to test his team, is not one of those who believes that in the case of Ansu Fati you have to face the situation of the 16-year-old youth out of normal.
“I don’t like this whole story of giving advice. You have to leave the players a little bit of air. Everyone around you has to carry it normally. We’ll see if he plays tomorrow, if he does it, it’s not about breaking any records. , but for the needs of the team, “he insisted.
After the painful elimination in the Champions League last year, Valverde remembers that it is a competition that “a bad day takes you out of it” no matter how well you have done it before.
“Last year we only lost one game. Errors are very expensive,” insisted the coach, who believes that the only recipe for getting ahead is “get up when you lose.”
In this regard, Valverde said that Barça did “well all last year” except in one game. “That belongs to the past and tomorrow the Champions League starts again. The good thing about the future is that it always gives you a chance and you have to try to take advantage of it,” he said.
In any case, after the eliminations against Roma and Liverpool, the Barça coach does not consider that extra psychological work is needed in the Champions League and justifies it thus: “In the last two years you can think about the games we have lost, but also in those who have won. We have lost two games in two years, but they have cost us the elimination. ”
Asked about whether he is worried about the lack of solvency of his team this season as a visitor (a defeat and a draw in the League), which contrasts with the reliability at home (two goals), Valverde played down this fact, since he considers that very few games have been played.
As for Borussia Dortmund, Valverde praised Paco Alcácer, former Barcelona striker and in the middle of a scoring streak, which he described as “a great player” as he is demonstrating in Borussia.
“He is in a team where he can play more regularly and is winning. He is a team that suits him, plays close to the area and he is very accurate,” he said.
Of the Germans it is left with the conjunction between “the public environment and the push of Dortmund”, a team “with great players”, but to whom “that chemistry that is generated here drives them a lot”.
“If tomorrow we will have less of the ball than we used to? I don’t know. They perform very well with the position game, they have quality players, but they also counterattack very quickly and have a great backlash. We will have to be vigilant. Because they handle very well in both registers, “Valverde warned.