Barcelona's back-to-back defeats not a worry, says boss Ernesto Valverde

Aug 06, 2018, 08:46 IST | AFP

Ernesto Valverde said he was satisfied with the performance of his players in the final match of the pre-season

Barcelona's back-to-back defeats not a worry, says boss Ernesto Valverde
Ernesto Valverde

FC Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde yesterday downplayed his side's second consecutive defeat in the 2018 International Champions Cup after a 0-1 loss against AC Milan.

Valverde said he was satisfied with the performance of his players in the final match of the pre-season. "We are happy with the way they responded in the game they played," he said. Although Barcelona suffered a 2-4 defeat against Roma in the previous round, Valverde insisted that "the highlight has been the players' attitude and their reactions to difficult moments within the game."

After Milan stunned Barcelona, Valverde justified the defeat by opining that we did not take our chances and we were surprised at the end. When asked about the new players who debuted, the coach said: "We hoped that [Clement] Lenglet, Arthur and Malcom could add to the team and we saw that."

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