On the League that Barça won with him in 2018: “I don’t think there was a discussion about who was the best”


The Athletic Club coach, Ernesto Valverde, regretted that VAR is entering football to change the game and not for “flagrant errors”, as they suffered this Sunday in the defeat (0-1) against FC Barcelona that came out unscathed San Mames (0-1).

“I have not seen the repeated play, but it is one of those things that we are turning VAR into. You have to inspect the previous plays, nobody on the field has noticed. Someone with a telescopic sight, this is a show, but it is It moves away a bit from the real football we know. If it had been the other way around, maybe I wouldn’t say anything,” he said at a press conference.

The ‘Leones’ coach pointed to this excessive use of VAR in each game, after the hand signaled to Muniain in the 87th minute that annulled Iñaki Williamas’ 1-1. “We are angry, logically. We started to play things and today’s result meant a lot. When something like this happens to a team they always think it is an injustice, we have to get up. These are situations that can happen the other way around next week It would be necessary to direct the VAR to flagrant errors”, affirmed.

In addition, Valverde wanted to separate the ‘Negreria case’ from what happened in San Mamés. “This situation has nothing to do with the game. The VAR situation occurs in other fields, situations in which you see things that nobody sees in the game. Barça arrived first and left first because they have a great team, because “They have a great level, because we tried to push them and it was difficult for us. In one they caught us and in the second half we went higher, with the possibility of drawing. Even after the disallowed goal”, he pointed out.

In fact, the former Barça coach was asked if the League he won in 2018, the last year that the culé team supposedly had the vice president of the referees on a low salary, was given away. “We won the League with 14 points over the second and the Cup 5-0 in the final against Sevilla. I don’t think there was much discussion about who was the best team that season,” he confessed.

On the other hand, Valverde recognized that his team needs victories to continue aspiring to the European zone. “We have certain problems to convert but we have competed well in the games. It is not enough to play good games and deserve to win. We need to win, we are left with a bittersweet feeling because we have been able to tie it. It is true that we are playing very well but we need to win anyway “, he claimed.

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