BARCELONA — Ernesto Valverde says he will not “apologise for profitable” as he continues to cope with complaints about Barcelona’s type of play regardless of main his facet on a 16-game unbeaten run.
Two targets from Paco Alcacer to the dramatic backdrop of thunder and lighting at Camp Nou on Saturday helped Barca beat Sevilla 2-1, restoring their four-point lead over Valencia on the high of La Liga within the course of.
Nevertheless, after the sport, Valverde was requested if he agreed that Barca’s outcomes — 10 wins and a draw from 11 video games within the league — have been a lot better than their performances this season.
“Typically, outcomes come by means of the best way you play,” he stated in a information convention. “To start with, it’s a must to attempt to win, however we strive to do this although dominating video games, by means of excessive stress and thru profitable the ball again. What we’re not going to do is apologise for profitable.
“In the mean time we’re high of the league, we’re not dropping factors and we go into the worldwide break in good spirits. We now have a troublesome schedule forward of us and to proceed the place we’re then we’ve to be robust.”
Lionel Messi made his 600th Barcelona look towards Sevilla however he was upstaged by forgotten man Alcacer, who scored twice on his first La Liga begin since August.
Alcacer began the primary recreation of the season towards Actual Betis and got here on in its place the next week at Alaves however had performed simply seven minutes within the league since then going into Saturday’s match.
“Strikers reside for targets,” a delighted Alcacer instructed BeIN Spain after the sport. “I began [at Barca] on a nasty run however in the long run the targets have gone in.
“I needed to hold working laborious and ready for a possibility [in the first team]. All of us need to benefit from the alternatives the coach provides us. I am proud of my targets however extra so for the consequence.
“Greater than my efficiency, we’ve to emphasize that the group fought actually laborious. Video games that you just endure in, like this one, all the time enhance the group. It is good that we’re all plugged in.”
Valverde, in the meantime, was pleased to see somebody aside from Messi contributing, with Alcacer’s brace an indication that Barca might be able to depend on their squad gamers this season as they bid to wrestle the title again from Actual Madrid.
“Paco received two essential targets and we hope that they provide him the arrogance that strikers want,” the coach stated. “We’re proud of him and for the group.
“He has not performed quite a bit and he has proven that he’s a goalscorer and we’re pleased. I’ve a powerful facet right here and anybody can are available and rating. It’s to the credit score of the participant that he can are available with the stress on and carry out.”
It was one other troublesome evening for Luis Suarez, although, who’s now on his longest run and not using a aim for Barcelona since he joined the membership in 2014.
It has been 451 minutes and 5 video games since his header rescued a degree towards Atletico Madrid on Oct. 14, however Valverde opted to go away him on for the complete 90 minutes once more, as a substitute eradicating Alcacer, who was on a hat trick.
“Paco had an excellent recreation, however with all of the defensive work he’d put in, he was drained,” Valverde defined. “Luis was nonetheless combating and I knew he’d get extra probabilities. The targets will come, he is a aim scorer, however I additionally worth what else he brings to the group.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.