Valverde Nothing was decaffeinated

Valverde Nothing was decaffeinated

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes that they had their chances to win “El Clasico” on Sunday against Real Madrid in a game that he described as “very intense” and completely “decaffeinated”The league champions were reduced to 10-men after Sergi Roberto was shown a straight red card with the score 1-1 at the end of the first half of an ill-tempered match between arch-rivals.The Spanish right-back had provided the cross for Luis Suarez to give Barcelona the lead at the Nou Camp before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for the visitors.Lionel Messi restored Barcelona’s advantage before Gareth Bale levelled the score for Real with a sweetly struck first-time finish.“Nothing was decaffeinated, it had a lot of caffeine, it was a very intense game. We know how these games are and we all want to win. We started well but with each ball lost of ours, Madrid did us damage,” said Valverde, according to Sport.“The game became complicated with the cards, we were fighting so we didn’t feel the absence (of Roberto).”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Despite having dropped down to 10-men in the first-half, Valverde hailed the effort of his side and believes that they could have scrapped a win on the night.“We did not renounce going on the attack,”“It’s clear that we had to work together a lot and in the end, we could even have won.”Roberto was sent off after he appeared to have slapped Real defender Marcelo.“It’s strange to me that Sergi would have hit Marcelo, I’ll have to see it again on TV.”last_img

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