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23.05.2019 14:25

Barcelona reiterate full trust in Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has offered unwavering support to current boss Ernesto Valverde as wounds heal from their UCL exit at Liverpool.

The Spanish giants won La Liga at a canter this season and could seal the domestic double by beating Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Bartomeu said: “I want to value someone who discreetly and intelligently is helping our team, I'm talking about Ernesto Valverde, who we fully trust.

“Winning La Liga has an extraordinary merit and you know better than anyone what it costs to win this league.

“We had a lot of hope in winning the Champions League and the defeat at Anfield came after an excellent result at home and when the memory of Rome is still very present.

“I want to make a unanimous call for us to focus on the cup final. You understand what a ninth double means for our history.

“When the season ends we can reflect to see what we can do to win everything again,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA